Congress Fails to Renew LWCF

December 21, 2018

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate failed to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), despite overwhelming bipartisan support when it approved a continuing budget resolution minus a critical lands package. LWCF, America’s most important conservation program for protecting parks, forests, watersheds, and open space, expired at the end of September. The program now will continue to lose $2.5M per day until it is reauthorized.

“With broad bipartisan support across the country, renewing LWCF should have been straightforward for Congress in the final days of this session,” said John Judge, Appalachian Mountain Club President and CEO. “For over 50 years, LWCF has been critical to ensuring we can all enjoy being outdoors, from local parks to magnificent backcountry landscapes. That legacy of protecting our country’s critical natural treasures for all to enjoy was cut short this week. AMC looks forward to working with the new Congress in January for immediate action and renewal.”

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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.