Land and Water Conservation Fund

LWCF EXPIRES September 30, 2018


Today, the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rob Bishop, advanced bill H.R. 502, a compromise agreement that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill would ensure that 40 percent of LWCF funds go to state grants and 40 percent go to federal programs. The remainder would go to a “wide variety” of projects. Next stop: The full House and Senate need to vote on the bill. Stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, join hundreds of other outdoor businesses in urging congress to reauthorize the nation’s leading recreation and conservation program. Support LWCF by signing our letter to congress and by telling your representative to reauthorize LWCF.

Amy Roberts, Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the following statement about progress on the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

“The action by the House Committee on Resources and its Chairman, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona) to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is tremendous news for all Americans who value access to the outdoors. We appreciate the work of these two leaders, and members of the Committee. Permanent reauthorization of LWCF has been a top priority for OIA and our 1,300 members, and we’re proud of the work our members and allies have done to get us to this point. We will continue our efforts to ensure that the US House and Senate follow the lead of the House Resources Committee, including visits by outdoor industry leaders in late September to key members of Congress.”

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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.


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.