October 1, 2015.
No longer will the Land and Water Conservation Fund receive royalties from the companies depleting a public resource. Notice, even future funding for the Pacific Crest Trail may be in danger.
This was a promise made to future generations, a promise of conservation. And a promise broken. Thanks to The American Hiking Society for bringing this to our attention.
If you feel these monies should again be placed in the LWCF let the members of your Congress know by writing a letter.
September 30, 2015 – Fifty years ago Congress understood that the depletion of a public resource should result in a benefit to the American people, the owners of that resource, and made a promise to do just that. This promise was fulfilled in the creation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), where just a small portion of the royalties paid to the government from private corporations drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf are returned to the public through the protection of places such as parks and historic sites.
Tomorrow, for the first time in most Americans’ lives, these royalties from the depletion of a public resource will no longer be directed to conservation.
American Hiking Society calls upon our nation’s leaders to keep the promise that was made by our grandparents’ generation. A promise that has been upheld for 50 years by both Republicans and Democrats. A promise that gave us mountain trails to explore, city ballfields on which to play catch, and places where we could honor those who gave the last full measure of devotion in our nation’s battles.
Let it not be our generation that breaks this promise. Congress must act. Congress must renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Please use this link to read more: http://www.americanhiking.org/advocacy/lwcf-lapses-1st-time-in-50-years/
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