We have less than two weeks before our country’s most important conservation program expires.
The clock runs out on the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at the end of the federal fiscal year, on Sept. 30. But it doesn’t have to — we are calling upon our members of Congress to permanently reauthorize this program before it’s too late.
More than 600 beloved places in Washington have been protected by LWCF. To see our favorite photos of just a few, check out our slideshow below.
And did we mention the fund uses no taxpayer dollars? It’s a great deal for Washington and for America, which is one reason why the fund has broad bipartisan support. But it still needs your voice — all our voices — to keep it from expiring.
There are three major ways you can help show Congress that we all want LWCF to stick around so future generations can enjoy our spectacular great outdoors:
Post on social media tagging your representatives in Congress and telling them why it’s important to you that we #SaveLWCF.
Send a message directly to your members of Congress via our Action Center page, urging them to save LWCF before it expires. (You can do this no matter where you live!)
If you live in Washington state, add your name to the grassroots sign-on letter to be shared on the Senate floor after Public Lands Day this month.
Thank you for using your outside voice and speaking up for nature!
In a migration of a different sort, Puget Sound leaders make an annual trek to Washington, DC to speak up for our favorite estuary with Congress.
Be there to cheer with us on May 7 as Governor Inslee signs some of America’s strongest climate policies into law.
Washington state lawmakers approved groundbreaking policy and budget priorities this session, positioning our state for a more resilient future.
A bill in the state Senate would fund much-needed wildfire prevention, suppression and preparedness activities, investing in the health of Washington’s iconic forests and the resilience of our communities.
Trustees from across Washington state traveled to Olympia to advocate for nature and people at the Legislature, meeting with leaders from both political parties and both chambers to discuss climate change, forest health, Puget Sound recovery and equity in addressing environmental challenges.
We’re advocating for equitable, forward-looking climate policy in Olympia this session, and several exciting bills are making their way through the Legislature.
America’s most important conservation program is finally a permanent tool for protecting our public lands, thanks to broad bipartisan support in Congress with Washington state leadership.
The US Senate has approved a bipartisan bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and colleagues across the country, the bill to ensure the conservation of our shared public lands and waters for generations of Americans to come now heads to the House.
Our priorities for the 2019 Legislature touch upon all our work, and all our lives, whether we live in the Palouse, along the coast, or in between. They include tackling climate change, protecting the natural and cultural wealth that makes Washington special, and improving equity in environmental policymaking so that all of us can benefit from cleaner, healthier air and water.
All of us who go outside — for a vigorous uphill hike or just a deep breath of fresh, cool air — need Congress to reauthorize LWCF now, and we need your voice.