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Land and Water Conservation Fund Expires Next Month

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect iconic Nevada recreation sites, including Lake Mead. (Lake Mead/Flickr)
The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect iconic Nevada recreation sites, including Lake Mead. (Lake Mead/Flickr)
August 16, 2018

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Time is running out to renew the federal fund that has supported conservation and recreation projects across the U.S. for more than 50 years – and public lands advocates are calling on Congress to act quickly.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has used revenue from offshore drilling since the 1960s to support national parks, wildlife refuges and historic sites – all at no cost to individual taxpayers.

In Nevada, $102 million have been invested through the LWCF , according to the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition.

Robert Gaudet, president of the Nevada Wildlife Federation, says that money has supported the kinds of outdoor recreation the state is known for.

"The money is used for so many different projects,” he points out. “It goes for municipal parks, baseball fields, other sporting and recreation facilities, in rural communities such as Ely, Winnemucca, Elko, Fallon, Wells, Hawthorne and Yerington."

Gaudet says the impact of losing support for those projects would be devastating for Nevada.

The fund will expire Sept. 30 unless Congress acts.

Tracy Stone-Manning, associate vice president for public lands with the National Wildlife Federation, says Congress needs to not just reauthorize the fund, but make it permanent.

"For the last 50 years, we have been creating these remarkable public places – from urban parks to protecting wildlife habitat – and we have an obligation now to the future, to ensure that this incredible American conservation success story continues," she states.

Bipartisan bills in both the House and Senate are being considered to renew the LWCF before the fund expires.

Katherine Davis-Young, Public News Service - NV