$900 million for parks and open space. Every year. Forever.

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Urge your senators to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

What’s the Land and Water Conservation Fund?

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, is a longstanding federal program that directs fees from oil and gas drilling to investments in parks and open space. It costs taxpayers nothing—but benefits everyone.

Why does it matter?

Parks and open space are the foundation for healthy, equitable, resilient communities. But today, 1 in 3 people in America don’t have a park close to home, and the wild places we go to explore and recharge—the public lands that support rural economics across the country—are under threat from development, wildfire, climate change, and more.

The Trust for Public Land helps communities secure and leverage resources through the Land and Water Conservation Fund to invest in the places that matter, from upgraded baseball fields to new neighborhood parks to healthier national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges.

LWCF by the numbers

However you get outside, chances are LWCF has contributed to a place you know and love:


  • 8 million acres protected in all 50 states

  • $16.8 billion invested in communities since 1964

  • 98 percent of U.S. counties have a park or open space funded by LWCF.


Full funding for LWCF is within reach

Congress is considering a bill that would guarantee $900 million for LWCF every single year. A fully funded LWCF will be a transformational force in our movement tomake sure everyone in America has a great park within a 10-minute walk of home. And it will finally be the robust and reliable source of federal funding we need to protect our most threatened open spaces.

What can I do?

This is a defining moment for the future of our public lands. If you believe everyonein America deserves a great place to get outside, urge your representative to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund today.

Get caught up

New to the fight? We’re glad to have you. Read up on the recent history of our coalition’s push to save and strengthen the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Want proof that your voice matters? LWCF is permanently renewed.
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