Why should you care?
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), created in 1964, has helped to conserve thousands of acres of open space across the country! From trails, to local parks and ball fields, and all the public lands in between, LWCF has worked to provide access to both urban and rural communities nationwide.
What the LWCF Permanent Funding Act Would Do
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America's most important conservation and recreation program has protected, preserved, and expanded the places you love to hike in nearly every state and every county in the U.S. for 50 years, including nearly 1,000 trail projects. This legislation guarantees that funding is available for future generations to continue to conserve our public spaces.
The bill would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to address the backlog of recreation and conservation needs in every state and county across the country.
The LWCF Full Funding Act would provide full, permanent, and dedicated funding for LWCF, realizing the promise that was made to the American people when first authorized nearly half a century ago: to take the proceeds from natural resource development and invest a small portion in conservation and outdoor recreation.
The program has funded nearly one thousand trail projects and thousands of other projects ranging from National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges, to community parks and ball fields in all 50 states. Our National Scenic and Historic Trails, which celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2018, have benefited from LWCF funding. LWCF funded the completion of the Appalachian Trail and the building of major segments of the Pacific Crest Trail, and at least ten other scenic and historic trails, over 52 different projects. Permanent and dedicated funding is a must to ensure that our nation's trails, public lands, parks, and open spaces remain protected and accessible for generations to come.
AHS Letters and Additional Resources
AHS Support for Trails and Public Lands Infrastructure in COVID-19 Stimulus
Recreation Community Urges Forest Service Inclusion in Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225)
AHS Statement: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Markup of LWCF Permanent Funding (S.1081) and Restore Our Parks (S.500) Acts
AHS Statement: The National Forest System: Restoring our Forest Infrastructure
AHS Statement for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing to Review LWCF
American Hiking Society Statement on House Natural Resources Committee Markup of H.R. 3195 (LWCF) and H.R. 1225 (Restore Our Parks and Public Lands)
AHS Statement for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Deferred Maintenance Needs and Potential Solutions
- 1,000 trail projects funded nationwide
- Protects access to open spaces
- New outdoor recreation opportunities
- Projects in all 50 states and nearly every county
- Creates and improves local parks
- Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) to address outdoor recreation deficits in cities and urban areas and improve access for all.