Help save America’s great outdoors, support legislation for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 13, 2010 12:32 pm

Healthy land. Clean water. These basic necessities of life — provided by nature — are at risk due to population growth, development and pollution. 

Development alone takes 3 million new acres every year in the United States. But now you can help save America’s great outdoors — for you and future generations.

Support legislation now before the U.S. Senate that guarantees permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund — the U.S. government’s key program for protecting land and water.

Find out simple ways you can support this critical legislation for people and nature.

Time to Fully Fund the Fund

The Fund balances the loss of one natural resource — offshore oil and gas — by using a small portion of the drilling fees to protect important land and water elsewhere.

The program is authorized to receive up to $900 million a year. But despite an increase in energy production, funding for land and water protection has been low and unpredictable — diverted elsewhere by Congress.

With America losing 3 million acres of land to development each year, it is now critical that you help guarantee permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
How the Fund Benefits Nature and People

Some of America’s most important natural areas are supported by the Fund:

    * National parks and forests such as the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest
    * Working farms and ranches
    * Fish and wildlife refuges
    * Neighborhood parks
    * Beaches and land around rivers and lakes.

And the program also benefits people — through ensuring clean water supplies, supporting jobs, reducing the cost of firefighting, and protecting the great outdoors for wildlife and recreation.

Your support will help save the nation’s most important natural areas for future generations.

As part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, the Obama administration wants your ideas on how to save the great outdoors. Vote here for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.