This morning, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) joined a bipartisan group of House and Senate colleagues to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). At the event, the LWCF Coalition released a new report examining the successes made possible by the LWCF and made policy recommendations to preserve the fund in the coming years.
A long-time champion of the LWCF, Congressman Reichert said, "For the last 50 years, the LWCF has played a pivotal role in preserving America's national treasures for future generations. In Washington alone, it has helped to conserve the natural beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and the Columbia River Gorge. These are places that attract visitors from across the country, and even from other parts of the globe. I look forward to working with my colleagues to sustain the LWCF and put it to good use in the next 50 years."
The LWCF was authorized by the House of Representatives on July 23, 1964 and became law on September 3 of the same year. It is the only federal program that is solely dedicated to conserving and protecting national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, civil war battlefields, and the creation and development of state and local parks. The fund does not use taxpayer dollars, instead it is funded through revenues from offshore oil and gas royalty payments. The types of projects supported by the fund in turn support over 227,000 jobs in the Washington.