#SaveLWCF, Save California’s Outdoor Treasures
Find out how OIA and the LWCF Coalition are working to grow and protect the state’s most iconic places and the outdoor recreation economy they support.
After a successful bid to get the Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorized in 2015, we are again facing its expiration in October 2018. For the next year, the LWCF Coalition will be creating weekly profiles to show where Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars go to support significant public land and recreation projects in each of the 50 U.S. States. Last week, the coalition featured California, a state where OIA has been and will continue to be highly engaged in state and local advocacy efforts.
In recent years, OIA has
- supported SB-5, also know as the “California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018,” a bond initiative that Californians will vote on in June 2018.
- supported California Assembly Bill 907, which would create an Office of Outdoor Recreation and Public Lands Enhancement with a goal of supporting the outdoor industry, improving outdoor recreation policy and increasing outdoor participation.
California’s outdoor recreation infrastructure is the backbone of the state’s $92 billion outdoor recreation industry—supporting 691,000 jobs which generate $30.4 billion in wages and salaries and produces $6.2 billion annually in state and local tax revenue.
“”Investing in our parks and other public lands are at the heart of getting Californians out on the trail, whether alone or with families and friends. For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has invested over $2 billion in California national, state and local parks, as well as in local recreation fields, swimming pools, bike paths and trails. These dollars improve our quality of life, economy, health and well-being.” —Kevin Cleary, CEO, Clif Bar & Company