Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected public lands for the benefit of all Americans.
In Arizona, the LWCF has provided $228 million in fees from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund conservation and public land management services. The LWCF protects everyone who uses public land whether for hunting, fishing, hiking, or other outdoor activities. But that’s not all it does…
The LWCF also builds city parks, basketball courts, recreation trails, sporting fields, wildlife refuges, and historic sites. Without the LWCF, the state would not have the money to support these outdoor industries which benefit everyone in the state.
Arizona’s outdoor recreation industry totals over $21 billion. This economic powerhouse provides 201,000 jobs and creates $5.7 billion in wages and salaries and $1.4 billion annually in state and local tax revenue. But this dream is at risk…
On Sept. 30th, 2018 Congress must decide whether to permanently renew the LWCF. If they don’t, Arizona and many other states could lose funding for land management and maintenance, leaving people without jobs, and decreasing our access to public lands.
Our land is our national heritage as Americans and we must continue to support the programs that benefit public land and those who enjoy them every day.
Stay tuned for more info on LWCF, and follow Arizona Wildlife Federation on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a call to action in mid-September. Only with your help can we #Save LWCF!