For 50 years, the land and conservation fund (LWCF) has funded more than 900 projects in Louisiana to provide outdoor recreation access and the continued preservation historic, cultural and iconic landmarks, including:
- The Red River National Wildlife Refuge was expanded by over 1700 acres with the help of the LWCF in 2014
- The three newest National Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana, Cat Island, Bayou Teche, and Red River, were all created with the help of the LWCF
- A number of National Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana that have benefited from the LWCF, such as Atchafalaya, Bayou Cocodrie, Bayou Teche, Cat Island, Grand Cote, and Tensas, have played a key role in recovery efforts for the Louisiana Black Bear
- Lake Arthur Park in Jefferson Davis Parish is being rebuilt through a LWCF grant
- Improvements to the Camp Salmen Interpretative Trail in St. Tammany Parish were completed in 2014 through a LWCF grant
- The town of Logansport utilized LWCF funds in 2013 to build a boardwalk near the Sabine River as part of Dennis Freeman Memorial Park
- Bryan Park in Downsville, Louisiana was completed 2012 using a LWCF grant
- The pedestrian/bike path around University Lakes at Louisiana State University was completed in 2011 with the help of a LWCF grant
The LWCF is set to expire on September 30th if it is not reauthorized by Congress. As it stands, no bill that would reauthorize the LWCF has made it out of the House or Senate. The fund has provided $900 million annually in funding for countless hunting, fishing and other recreational uses across the country and has helped support state and local conservation efforts.
The LWCF is paid for with non-taxpayer dollars. Congress made a commitment to the American public that a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling would go to outdoor recreation and conservation, as an offset for the depletion of resources that belong to us all. The LWCF does not impact funds that have been set aside with GOMESA for coastal restoration.
We urge Members of the Louisiana delegation to Congress to speak up in support of LWCF reauthorization, as well as robust funding in FY 2016 appropriations legislation.
Ask your congressman and Senators Vitter and Cassidy to support pending legislation that carries with it reauthorization for LWCF by clicking here.