Letter: Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund
February 17, 2015
To the Editor:
This year marks the 50th year that the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been investing in our public lands. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Park we need to remember that for the last 50 years the LWCF has been investing in this National Park as well as with state and local investments in fishing access, trails and parks through the state grants program. It has helped to provide public outdoor opportunities on Federal lands from McInnis Canyons area to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
LWCF money has been used to repair the damage caused by the 1976 Big Thompson Flood and the floods of 2013.
This fund does not come from our tax dollars but rather by a small portion of federal royalties collected on offshore oil and gas development, reinvesting in our nation's renewable outdoor resources with funds generated by development of fossil fuels.
LWCF has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress and here in Colorado. We are fortunate to have both of our state's senators support the reauthorization of LCWF, which will expire in September 2015 if more support can't be found in Congress. Despite 50 years of success, the LCWF is one vote short of being reauthorized.
Please urge your state's senators to hold the course and keep fighting for LCWF and our public lands to get the program permanently reauthorized so that anglers, hunters and outdoor recreationists can continue to enjoy its many benefits.
President Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited