WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, released a statement on a new report by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition. The report, which highlights 50 years of environmental protection under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF), comes on the 50th anniversary of the landmark legislation’s passage in Congress.
“The report being released today by the LWCF Coalition shines a light on fifty years of responsible stewardship and successful preservation under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act,” said Rep. Grijalva. “This program stands alone in its continued conservation of America’s cherished natural spaces and historic landmarks.”
Congress passed the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act on July 23, 1964. President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law on September 3rd of that year, establishing a dedicated and permanent program for the conservation and preservation of natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks.
“As we prepare to celebrate its first half century, it’s more vital now than ever to ensure the LWCF is fully funded, so that it has the resources needed to carry its mission on for the next half century,” Grijalva continued. “I congratulate the LWCF Coalition for leading that effort by sharing the programs successes with the public at large.”
The LWCF Coalition is a group of more than 1,000 state and local landowners, small businesses, ranchers, sportsmen, veterans, outdoor recreationists and conservation organizations united in advocacy to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The LWCF Coalition report can be found here.