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Add Your Name to a Petition: Call on Vermont’s Congressional Delegation to Fully Fund LWCF

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been our nation’s most successful conservation and recreation program for 54 years, now permanently reauthorized by Congress after a nationwide advocacy effort. LWCF has invested funds in every state and nearly every county of the U.S. – creating opportunities for Americans to play outside at their local playgrounds and ballfields, visit iconic landscapes at our national parks, national forests and wildlife refuges, and experience America at historic and cultural sites.

In Vermont, LWCF has protected spaces ranging from forestland to recreation fields, to town parks, swimming facilities, camping areas, and much, much more. In 2018, Sen. Patrick Leahy secured $2.6 million in federal funding to conserve 1,800 acres of forestland in the Hunger Mountain headwaters bordering a state forest in Middlesex and Stowe. Here is a list of Vermont projects funded by LWCF since it went into effect in 1965, through 2015.

Permanently reauthorizing this program is a huge victory, and we thank Congress — and Vermont’s Congressional delegation — for its strong bipartisan action. But failing to fully fund LWCF still breaks the long-standing promise to the American people to invest a small portion of revenues from offshore energy development in lasting natural infrastructure: our land, outdoor recreation economy, access to hunting and angling opportunities, water resources, and the history and culture of our great nation.

To prevent the loss of our beloved natural and cultural treasures, and truly fulfill the promise of LWCF’s diverse funding tools, we need full, permanent, dedicated funding of LWCF.