Congress Allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to Expire!
NVOBC thanks our Federal Delegation and Nevada officials who are working to make sure that this important program is reauthorized!
As Nevada moves to diversify our economy and attract more employers to our state, we need to protect programs that grow and maintain our outdoor recreation industry.
Without the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our state will lose key funding for parks and recreational areas all Nevadans know and love. This program isn't funded through taxpayer dollars, but through offshore drilling fees, and for every $1 invested in LWCF, local economies see an estimated $4 return.
Everyday that the LWCF goes unfunded, $2.4 million is lost for conservation, parks, and trails.
Hailed as “America’s most important conservation and recreation program,” the Land and Conservation Act was established in 1965 to provide funding for the conservation of special public lands for the benefit of all Americans. LWCF funds projects in national parks, wildlife refuges and habitat, historic sites, forests, neighborhood parks and recreational centers -- ensuring Nevadans can continue hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping in the outdoors.
LWCF is funded through revenue paid to the federal government from offshore oil and gas drilling leases, capped at $900 million annually. It is NOT funded by tax-payer dollars. LWCF buys pockets of private land within national parks, around national forests, wildlife refuges and other recreation areas, and conserves these lands to protect them from private development. Through its state matching grant programs, LWCF funds local parks, playgrounds, and sports fields that help grow state economies and provide families additional recreation opportunities. LWCF also supports local economies by providing grants to working ranches and farms to ensure the conservation of key waterways and forests.
- LWCF is the only federal program designed to finish our public lands, expand access to the outdoors, and support local parks.
- Nevada has received nearly $60 million in LWCF funding to protect and upgrade special places like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and the Lake Tahoe Basin. Another $40 million in LWCF state assistance grants have supported projects at well-known Nevada parks, including Sunset Park, Lorenzi Park, and the Springs Preserve.
- If LWCF is not reauthorized, millions of jobs and millions of revenue from the outdoor recreation industry could be lost -- in addition to the possibility that Nevada families would see favorite outdoor areas and recreation projects lost to development or remain unfinished.
- On February 12, 2018 he US Senate has voted to permanently reauthorize the LWCF. The next vote will be in the House of Representatives. The next step after reauthorization will be critical - funding.