We hope you were outside enjoying Washington’s last breaths of summer this weekend. With a world that seems busier and more divisive than ever, we are grateful for the respite provided by time spent in nature. It’s outside — in the mountains, on the coast, at the park down the street or in our own backyards — that so many of us find moments of peace and renewal.
Unfortunately, as a new federal fiscal year begins with the first day of October, America is now without our most important conservation program. The popular Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was due for reauthorization by the end of September, and Congress has let it expire instead.
Our elected leaders in Washington, D.C., can and must act quickly to finish the work of reauthorizing LWCF immediately. More than 7,500 Washingtonians have called on Congress to reauthorize LWCF once and for all, with permanent, dedicated funding. The friends and neighbors who signed on to letters supporting this request have joined many more thousands across the country in a flurry of support over the past month. If you’ve been one of them, thank you.
If you went outside this weekend and hiked a trail, enjoyed a public park, used a boat ramp — and maybe found a moment of peace in nature — please consider calling on your elected officials in Congress, one more time, to tell them LWCF is more important than ever, and it can’t wait any longer.
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.
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.
The popular Land & Water Conservation Fund was due for reauthorization by the end of September, and Congress has let it expire instead. Tell your members this isn’t OK.
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.
We spent yesterday morning in the company of more than a hundred friends and neighbors at Green Lake Park in Seattle, gathered together in support of America’s most important conservation program, the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and all the special places it protects.
Hundreds of special places in Washington owe their existence to America’s most important conservation program.
Act today and let Congress know the importance of the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has supported parks and trails in every part of our state.
The scope and scale of the Nature Conservancy’s work around the world is breathtaking; all was on display during last week’s advocacy day.
Last week, members of our Puget Sound team took off for Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress to talk about our favorite estuary’s importance to our national economy and our region’s identity.