Join the fight to protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been the budgetary lifeblood for parks and open space in the United States for 50 years. Established by Congress in 1965, it aims to protect the nation's most iconic landscapes—and expand access to outdoor recreation—without taxing everyday Americans.
LWCF uses a portion of oil companies' revenue from offshore drilling to safeguard open space for the public. Under the law, LWCF can receive up to $900 million in offshore gas and drilling revenue every year. But over time, Congress has diverted billions of dollars to other purposes—leaving it chronically and severely underfunded.
LWCF will expire in 2018 unless Congress acts. Until it does, the future of America's public lands are at risk. Here are four ways you can help:
What's at stake
Wherever you go to get outside, chances are some of your favorite places were protected thanks to LWCF. The fund has been used to conserve land in all 50 states and complete more than 41,000 state and local park projects—everything from historic sites and cultural landmarks to the forests and lakes where you go to camp, hike, fish, and explore.
We’ve protected more than 18,000 acres along the river, including land for the Chattahoochee National Forest and National Recreation Area. Conservation helps safeguard public access and water quality.
LWCF funding has helped us protect properties within the borders of Zion National Park—but hundreds more of acres of “inholdings” remain vulnerable to development.
In some places, the trail’s protection from development extends only 200 feet. We’re working to conserve adjacent land and ensure that hikers get the wilderness experience they came for.
In Ventura, we helped purchase the site of a shuttered auto body shop for a new park. Today it’s an empty lot, but LWCF funding would help transform it into the green space the neighborhood needs.
A “checkerboard” of public and private ownership makes land management challenging. LWCF funding has helped us protect more than 60,0000 acres to connect conserved areas
In the Bridgeport’s East End, we’re enlisting students to help transform a barren park and schoolyard into a vibrant space the whole community can use. Construction is slated to begin in the spring.
Denver’s Montbello neighborhood has never had its fair share of open space. To help change that, we've joined local partners to transform a five-acre lot into a new park and environmental education center.
This much-loved trail puts the rugged Wasatch Foothills in reach Salt Lake City residents. With LWCF support, it could one day stretch 280 miles from the Idaho border to the heart of Utah.
The Trust for Public Land combines these federal funds with your donations to help protect the places that matter most. The end of LWCF would have serious consequences—not just for the national parks we all treasure, but for neighborhood open space in communities across the country.
Help us protect LWCF. Donate today.