House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Raul Grijalva offered comments on the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during a recent Committee hearing.
LWCF is the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, civil war battlefields, state and local parks, working forests and critical wildlife areas. It is rightly characterized as America’s most important conservation program.
LWCF is funded using a small portion of the profits from offshore oil and gas development and does not use any taxpayer dollars. Outdoor recreation, conservation and historic preservation activities support 9.4 million jobs and contribute more than $1 trillion annually to the U.S. economy.