Equine Land Conservation Resource

Urge your representative to sign a letter supporting LWCF and Forest Legacy Program.

Provided by the Equine Land Conservation Resource

President Obama sought $620 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in his fiscal year 2011 budget request, an increase of $167 million over this year. But the president's budget request is just that – a request to congressional appropriators – and it's up to you to ensure that Congress feels compelled to provide that funding.

You can help by asking your representative to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter being circulated by Reps. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania), Rush Holt (D-New Jersey), Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) and Peter King (R-New York) seeking $425 for the Federal LWCF program, $175 million for the LWCF stateside program and $150 million for the Forest Legacy Program:

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    • Please call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to ask for your representative.
    • Ask for the staff member who handles natural resource issues and urge that person to sign the letter supporting increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
    • Offer to send that person a copy of the letter by e-mailand indicate it can be signed by contacting Jesse Young in Murphy’s office or Lauryn Schothorst in Gerlach’s office.
    • Click here to see whether your representative signed last year's LWCF letter (typed list on Page 9) and if so, thank the representative when you call seeking renewed support.

These programs have historically been the most significant federal sources of funding to support land conservation. LWCF funds acquisition of federal park, forest, wildlife refuge and other public lands and matches state funding for park acquisition and development. The Forest Legacy Program provides grants to purchase conservation easements or fee acquisition on environmentally important forest lands that are threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. Click here for talking points.

With 137 House and 46 Senate signatures, last year’s letters made a difference in securing even more funding than the President's request.

Caption: From national parks to urban parks, from open trails to open spaces, LWCF has been the key to providing and protecting places for all Americans to relax and get outdoors.

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