U.S. Congress Fails to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

December  20, 2018 (Harrisburg, PA) –  Following the passage of a continuing resolution bill today, PennFuture released the following statement about the failure of Congress to include a provision to permanently reauthorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America’s most successful conservation and outdoor recreation program. 
“Congress and the Trump administration have thrown away a historic opportunity to protect America’s public lands,” said Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO. “Failure to permanently reauthorize and fund the bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund is a self-inflicted wound that jeopardizes the multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry and lets down millions of Americans who rely on this critical program to experience the great outdoors with their children and grandchildren.”
“The new Congress must right this wrong and act with urgency to permanently reauthorize the LWCF with full and dedicated funding for local communities that depend on outdoor recreation, and more importantly, for our children who rely on these funds to protect the outdoor spaces they love,” Bonomo said.
A national poll released in September showed that 74% of Americans support reauthorization and funding of the LWCF. The historically bipartisan program has received widespread support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. 
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.
Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications, PennFuture
rex@pennfuture.org | 412.463.2942