News Column

50 Years of Land and Water Conservation Fund

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. (8th CD), issued the following news release:

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1964 by continuing his efforts to continue and strengthen the landmark environmental legislation.

"For 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has remained the nation's premier conservation, recreation and preservation support program," said Fitzpatrick. "While issued by Congress, the program is not funded by taxpayer dollars - making it a responsible, practical method to protect our nation's natural landscape and beauty."

In March, Fitzpatrick joined Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) in leading a bipartisan letter (attached) supporting full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The letter garnered 176 signatures in the House.

"The parks, trails, forests, wildlife refuges, battlefields, historic sites, and working lands sustained by LWCF funding support an outdoor recreation and tourism sector that contributes a total of $1.06 trillion annually to the American economy, supporting 9.4 million jobs (1 out of every 15 jobs in the U.S.) that are vital to the nation's recovery," noted Fitzpatrick in the letter. "LWCF is further essential to making public lands public by securing recreation access, particularly where opportunities for sportsmen and others to access public lands are limited or precluded."

Polling has found that fully 85 percent of the American people say that Congress should honor its commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Fitzpatrick is a leading voice for responsible environmental stewardship in the House, introducing or sponsoring a number of bipartisan pieces of conservation legislation. Last week, the Fitzpatrick-backed Conservation Easement Incentive Act [H.R. 2807] passed the House, making it easier for land owners to conserve land by permanently extending conservation tax credits. Additionally, Fitzpatrick has been recognized by the National Parks Conservation Association with a 'Friend of the National Park Award' as well as a Great Outdoors Congressional Champion.

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