We’ve been LWCF’ed

LWCF HAS EXPIRED!

The Land and Water Conservation Fund was allowed to expire on September 30, however, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee moved to pass the Land and Water Conservation Fund before adjourning on October 2. Read OIA’s statements below and encourage your representatives to reauthorize LWCF in their lame duck session later this year.

October 2, 2018 – OIA Laudes Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee LWCF Passage

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee moved to pass the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before adjourning until after the November election. The move hopefully sets LWCF for reauthorization and full funding action in the lame duck session in late November, early December. “The Senate’s move today is a good step toward reauthorizing and fully funding one of the most popular federal programs for increasing recreation access across the country. LWCF helps to ensure our public lands and outdoor infrastructure remain healthy and something every American can be proud of,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). “We applaud Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell for their leadership this week and hope Congress follows through and gets this vital program reauthorized in the “lame duck” session. In the meantime, we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to end the expiration of this program and urge everyone who cares about our public lands to contact their representatives in Congress and tell them to get LWCF reauthorized and fully funded once and for all.”

October 1, 2018 – The Land and Water Conservation Fund Expiration Is a Blow to the Nation and the $887 Billion Outdoor Recreation Economy

Congress allowed a 50-year conservation legacy to expire on September 30. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has funded recreation access projects across the country and is one of the most widely supported tools to conserve and protect America’s outdoor heritage. LWCF has supported recreation access projects in almost every county in the country, and our member businesses and customers need certainty that this program will be around in the future to support the growing outdoor recreation economy and the 7.6 million jobs tied to outdoor recreation.

“We are extremely disappointed that Congress is letting one of the most popular and bipartisan programs which supports our nation’s public lands and outdoor recreation opportunities expire before the November elections,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). “Our public lands are one of our nation’s underlying unifiers, not to mention that they help to fuel the growing $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. We were glad to see the leadership from Congressman Bishop and Senator Murkowski to take up LWCF in their committees,” Roberts continued, “and we remain hopeful that Congress will do right by our nation’s outdoors and fully fund and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund when they return after the elections. In the meantime, OIA will use every tool at its disposal to inform our members and local communities about LWCF’s impact to their daily lives and why it is vital to get it reauthorized and fully funded. We urge everyone who cares about our public lands to contact their representatives in Congress and tell them to get LWCF reauthorized once and for all.”

Tell Your Representative to Reauthorize LWCF
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The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is America’s premier federal program that reinvests offshore energy revenue into conservation to ensure that we all have access to the outdoors. Whether it is a local community park or playground, or the vast expanses of our federal public lands, Congress created the LWCF almost a half-century ago to guarantee America’s natural, historical and outdoor recreation heritage.

LWCF 101

A quick guide to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and why it is important for outdoor businesses.

MADE POSSIBLE BY LWCF

This is a story of how LWCF transformed a run down area into a recreation hub in downtown Denver. Get inspired about the possibilities of LWCF and the areas you recreate that have been funded by LWCF.

*This map includes a few NPS projects that are not funded by LWCF.

Share, Advocate and Inspire

Get out there and spread the love on your social media.

Concept: Where can you see LWCF from? We want to celebrate the different ways outdoorists experience their public land spaces, especially with so many LWCF sites that are right in our own backyards.

Ideas: How do you live an outdoorist life? Do you look at your local park through the windows of your office, eagerly awaiting your lunchtime run? Do you see LWCF sites each morning from the back of your van after spending the night sleeping on public lands? Are you a hiker, who ‘sees’ the impacts of LWCF from the perspective of your hiking boots? Can you see LWCF from the top of your local park’s playground? From the edge of your paddleboard? From the tips of your skis? From the anchors of a climb?

How to share:

  • Head to your local LWCF site (or a place where you can see it from), snap a photo of you getting after it outdoors, and share using the #ICanSeeLWCF hashtag.
  • In your caption, share why this public land space is important to you, and feel free to use our messaging below to add an educational punch to your storytelling.
  • During the week of April 16th, we’ll be on the ground with outdoor industry leaders to lobby in D.C. and make our voices heard
  • Pssst… We’ll be giving away outdoorist socks to our favorite photos.

Social Posts + Messaging:

  • Did you know #LWCF funding has supported public lands in nearly every county in the US? #ICanSeeLWCF from [insert your local LWCF site].
  • Did you know #LWCF funds protect national treasures in and around national parks, forests, monuments and refuges as well as state and local programs? Here in [your state]. #ICanSeeLWCF from [insert your local LWCF site].
  • Did you know LWCF is funded by a percentage of the more than $6.7 billion in annual offshore oil and gas lease revenue, NOT taxpayer dollars? Here in [your state]. #ICanSeeLWCF from [insert your local LWCF site].
  • Every year, LWCF can receive up to $900 million of offshore gas and drilling revenue to spend on conservation efforts; although, Congress has chronically underfunded it. #ICanSeeLWCF from [insert your local LWCF site], and I support fully funding LWCF because ______.
  • Here in [your state]. #ICanSeeLWCF from [insert your local LWCF site]. LWCF needs permanent authorization and full funding to best protect the future of our public lands.
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