Land and Water Conservation Fund

The 4th of July, of all our national holidays, should be a time time when we can come together as Americans to celebrate
This is a slap in the face to millions of American families who use the outdoors for recreation, and rely on it for their livelihood.
Just one day after returning from the November election, a congressional committee held a hearing to discuss transferring
That's why The Trust for Public Land is so proud to join REI's #OptOutside campaign to get people outdoors with loved ones
Colorado is taking a step in the right direction and, in Washington, D.C., Congress should follow that lead and provide the tools needed to protect many of the special places Americans will be visiting this summer.
Monday morning I woke up thinking that since my greatest desire is to inspire the American public with our national parks; the best way to do that might be to show the parks through the eyes of the family I've just learned is driving around the country in their RV exploring parks.
For the first time, TNC trustees from all 50 states and both political parties will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to tell their legislators that they need to fix this mistake as soon as possible.
Playgrounds, city parks, bike trails, municipal pools and a myriad of other facilities have been created or maintained through the LWCF. Thanks to this important funding stream, millions of Americans have access to the outdoors.
Eli is off to a great start spreading the word about the importance of protecting the great outdoors, but he has taken time to learn from some of his predecessors in the conservation field.
Parks offer Latinos a way to reconnect to something central to our culture and identity. These green spaces are ideal for family gatherings and for facilitating community connections, not unlike the plazas in towns across Latin America. In this way, the nation's parks brings Latinos together.
The idea was to protect natural places for all Americans as a counterbalance to the depletion of natural resources. Now, unless Congress reauthorizes the fund, our public lands and waters are at risk of falling even further into disrepair.
Last year, when Hispanic Access Foundation launched Latino Conservation Week we wanted to create a platform for organizations to showcase the involvement of Latinos in the outdoors and this community's concern for preserving our natural resources for future generations.
Call it an affinity, or a closeness--but whether it's the sawtooth ridges of the Grand Tetons or the cliff faces of Dinosaur National Monument, sooner or later something will grab you and refuse to let go.
For many, economic opportunities like employment or cost of living can have significant bearing on where we choose to live. But, the results of the new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll tell a different story.
Buried in today's budget is a plan to spend $900 million next year for a program which has been one of the most effective in the nation since it was created 50 years ago. It is the Land and Water Conservation Fund, often referred to inside the Beltway by its acronym -- LWCF.
Long ago, in a galaxy seemingly far, far away, the federal government once played an important role in funding local parks, including parks in cities. But in recent years, the feds have had a more modest role in building and restoring our parks, and even that role is now at risk.
Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home.
Politicians, pundits and public officials are looking at Tuesday's election results, to parse exactly what messages the voters were sending. But one clear message was delivered: Americans cherish land and water and want to protect the special places they hold dear.