Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Why the Land and Water Conservation Fund Still Matters Today

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Why the Land and Water Conservation Fund Still Matters Today

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While we celebrate NRPA's 50th anniversary during 2015, there is another important anniversary that has much significance for NRPA and every person who works in or benefits from the field of parks, recreation and conservation--the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

No other federal legislation during the past half-century has been as effective for the cause of conservation, parks and recreation than the LWCF. None. LWCF has been responsible for:

* The acquisition and protection of 7 million acres of open space.

* Providing funding for more than 40,000 parks, recreation facilities and playgrounds built across the United States.

* Serving as the lynchpin for leveraging matching expenditures by local and state governments in 98 percent of U.S. counties and territories.

* Protecting parks in perpetuity.

Everyone agrees that if the LWCF never existed, America's conservation and recreation landscape would not look anything like it does today. But, alarmingly, this important legislation will expire on September 30 if Congress does not reauthorize it. That's right--even though LWCF has done so much to protect our nation's natural resources it will cease to exist if Congress does not act. …

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