Hunters and Anglers Look to Senate as Land + Water Conservation Fund Expires

Sportsmen and women delivered a letter urging reauthorization of successful program.
Harrisburg, PA (Oct. 1, 2018) – Over one hundred Pennsylvania sportsmen and women delivered a letter to members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation today calling on them to support full-funding and reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). 
The letter highlights LWCF’s support for projects including land acquisition, providing public access for hunting and fishing, and preserving essential wildlife habitat and migration corridors in Pennsylvania The 54-year-old conservation program expired yesterday.
“Congress has gone in the wrong direction by allowing this successful conservation program to expire,” said Kelsey Krepps, Southwest PA Outreach Coordinator, PennFuture. “Pennsylvanians who love the outdoors have benefitted from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and our state has received over $315 million in support as a result. Congress must act now.”
Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey may have a chance to vote on legislation moving through the U.S. Senate regarding LWCF soon, as there is a Senate Energy Committee Hearing on the fund taking place Tuesday.  
“Hunters and anglers in Pennsylvania will be watching closely to see which way our Senators vote when given the chance,” added Ed Perry, an avid sportsman and community organizer. “I hope our Senators make the choice to stand with Pennsylvanians and support the full-funding and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
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Stephanie Rex
Director of Communications