Last September, Congress and the Trump Administration let America’s most important conservation and recreation program expire. Now the restoration of this vital program is indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing budget stalemate. Your voice is needed now.
For 52 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected national parks and open spaces in every corner of the United States. Now, it could be gone forever – and along with it, future protection of the places we love.
The LWCF has helped protect some of Florida’s most famous natural areas like St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Osceola National Forest. But the LWCF is not just to protect large landscapes, it may have also helped build the neighborhood park your family enjoys every weekend.
Florida’s $58.6 billion outdoor recreation industry is an economic powerhouse – supporting 485,000 jobs which generate $17.9 billion in wages and salaries and produces $3.5 billion annually in state and local tax revenue.
The Trump Administration’s budget calls for near complete elimination of LWCF funding. On September 30th, the fund expired. We need to show Congress that the LWCF is a priority and encourage them to permanently reauthorize it as soon as possible.
Considering the importance of Florida’s natural areas to our economy and quality of life, our Congressional Delegation should be leading the way. You can help by contacting your Congressperson right now. Tell them that you and your family love our nation's parks and urge them to support full reauthorization and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.