Fones Cliffs Petition

Join Us to Ask President Trump and your members of Congress to Restore Full Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Protect Public Lands in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

From the Shenandoah National Park to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to your favorite neighborhood park or playground, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped protect America’s most treasured places. Created by Congress in 1965, the LWCF uses a small portion of the royalties from the sale of offshore oil and gas deposits that belong to all Americans, and reinvests them to protect natural and recreational resources across our nation.  National parks, wildlife refuges, forests and rangelands, plus state and local parks have been established and protected by LWCF to provide places for all Americans to recreate and relax.

While few outside of conservation circles know much about LWCF, virtually everyone in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed has benefited from it. LWCF funding has supported significant projects ranging from protecting Civil War historic sites like the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park, to natural treasures like Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. LWCF also helps state and local communities protect or enhance parks, playgrounds, bike paths and hiking trails throughout the region.

Unfortunately, despite tremendous bipartisan support and a 50-year track record of success, decision makers in Washington, DC chronically underfund LWCF and divert its intended funds for other uses. In the last 50 years, Congress has fully appropriated the authorized funds for this program only twice – in 1998 and 2001.  Because of such diversions, iconic landscapes like Fones Cliff along the Rappahannock River in Virginia and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland continue to be threatened by development. We need President Trump and our members of Congress to restore full, dedicated funding to the LWCF and permanently reauthorize this critical conservation tool.

Add your name to the growing list of organizations and private citizens calling for the new Administration and Congress to commit to fully funding and permanently reauthorizing the LWCF, so critical lands in the Chesapeake Bay can be protected for the benefit of future generations.

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