On National Public Lands Day, September 28th, 2019, AMC joined with Representative Jeff Van Drew and partners along the Delaware Bay to commit to securing full, permanent, dedicated funding for the country’s most important conservation and outdoor recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund. National Public Lands Day is celebrated nationwide, featuring free entrance to National Parks and hundreds of events to inspire environmental stewardship.
Featuring the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) on National Public Lands Day is a perfect fit. LWCF alone has provided over $357M for public lands and open space projects in New Jersey and more than $24M to projects on the Cape May Peninsula. The legacy of LWCF reaches into every corner of the country to many treasured national, state and local parks, forests, refuges, and historical sites. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was permanently reauthorized earlier this year, though Congress consistently underfunds the program that is authorized to receive $900 million a year.
Representative Van Drew is leading the effort in Congress to ensure that LWCF receives its fair share of federal funding each year. He introduced HR 3195, a bill to provide full and dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. AMC supports HR 3195 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S 1081 in the U.S. Senate.
The Appalachian Mountain leads the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition, a nationwide network of groups working together in support of LWCF. The Coalition applauds Representative Van Drew’s leadership on HR 3195 and was honored to receive House Proclamations from Congressman Van Drew at the event.
Working with elected officials in partnership with our conservation colleagues is an important part of AMC’s approach to conservation. AMC welcomes Congressman Van Drew’s leadership on the Land and Water Conservation Fund underscoring the importance of open spaces and parks to New Jersey’s residents and visitors.
We need your help! Speak up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by writing to your member of the House of Representatives today. AMC’s action center has a draft letter to get you started. If your Member is already a supporter, send them a thank you note and encourage them to speak to House leadership today.