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Speak Up for Conservation Funding

March 8, 2017

From White Cap Mountain in Maine to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect special places in the Northeast and across the country for more than 50 years, but this key federal conservation funding program needs our support today.

Now is the time to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, preventing the program from expiring and keeping it out of the way of any budget cuts. Legislation to accomplish this has been introduced in the House and Senate, and Members of Congress need to hear from you today in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

We’ve made it easy for you to speak up for the outdoors and support conservation funding today. Customize our letter to speak about why you love the outdoors to have a greater impact.

Here are only a few of the many places protected thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund:

  • Franconia Notch State Park by Sakeeb Sabakka
  • The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey was saved from a proposed jetport by local citizens and with the financial assistance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect many areas along the Appalachian National Scenis Trail. Pictured here is the Trail at Bear Mountain, NY
  • Acadia National Park
  • In New Hampshire, Grafton Notch State Park has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund was signed into law in 1964 by Lyndon Johnson.
  • The Pinelands National Reserve in New Jersey has been made possible with over $30 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. View from Apple Pie Hill pictured.
  • The Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge has recently been able to protect more of its pristine shoreline thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Sterling Forest State Park

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a visionary and bipartisan federal funding program for protecting our nation’s most special places. From Sterling Forest in the New York Highlands, to White Cap Mountain in Maine, to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, LWCF has funded the protection of some of our most iconic landscapes and trails in the Northeast and across the country.

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Mark Zakutansky

As AMC's Director of Conservation Policy Engagement, Mark works to advance a number of important priority federal and state conservation issues, including land conservation funding, river and watershed protection, as well as access to public lands. Mark is an avid outdoor enthusiast, primarily as a whitewater paddler and telemark skier.