Thursday, March 05, 2009

Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition Releases New Report

The Nature Conservancy and 51 national, regional and state land conservation and outdoor recreation groups today released a report which documents the decline of two major federal land conservation programs and the need to restore federal funding to protect America’s public lands. The report, Conserving America’s Landscapes, urges Congress and the Obama Administration to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the premier federal program for buying open space and creating parks, forests, wildlife habitat, and recreation areas across the country. Since its creation in 1965, LWCF funding has been used to safeguard some of America’s most iconic places; including Redwood National Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, the Appalachian Trail National Scenic Trail, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. In the report, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition recommends full and dedicated funding of $900 million annually for the LWCF federal and state grants programs and an annual allocation of $125 million the Forest Legacy Program...Nature Conservancy

Go here (pdf) to view the report.

I wish I knew how many millions of dollars had passed from the LWCF to the federal agencies and then to the Nature Conservancy. They are clearly lobbying to fund themselves.

The feds currently own one out of every three acres. Why on earth do they need more?

1 comment:

Deepak said...

i am totally agree with the step taken by Land and Water Conservation really helps to protect land resource in america so for this a huge amout of fund is require and must say that Congress and the Obama Administration should fund the trust.