Passage of permanent reauthorization in March 2019 was a huge victory for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), for stakeholders around the country, and for bipartisan cooperation in Congress. Investments in our public lands and recreation opportunities support local economies and fuel a massive, homegrown, $887 billion outdoor industry.
Now we know that America’s most important conservation and recreation program will be around for the long haul, but that promise does not actually guarantee it will receive funding every year. LWCF has been around for more than half a century, but in that time more than half its intended funding—more than $22 billion in total— has been raided for other, non-conservation purposes.
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