ACT NOW: President Tweets Support for LWCF After Years of Advocacy From Outdoor Community

Yesterday, President Trump tweeted his support to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and called on Congress to send him a bill to sign. Now we need climbers' help to secure a bipartisan victory for this critical conservation program.

Tommy Caldwell wants YOU to take action to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Performance Park in Estes Park, CO benefitted from LWCF funding. Ancestral lands of Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute).

The LWCF is one of America’s cornerstone conservation programs, allocating fees from oil and gas royalties toward the acquisition of critical lands for open space and recreation. Access Fund often relies on the LWCF to purchase crags from private owners and preserve them as public land. We have acquired and permanently protected more than a dozen climbing areas across the country using LWCF funds, including Index Town Walls in Washington, Rumney Rocks in New Hampshire, Castle Crags in California, and many others. However, budget cuts and partisan politics threaten the LWCF year after year.

In a historic bipartisan victory last year, the LWCF received permanent reauthorization through the passage of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. Access Fund supporters sent in nearly 10,000 letters to elected leaders in support of this bill, helping to secure this incremental victory for LWCF. However, despite permanent reauthorization, the oil and gas royalties that the federal government collects each year are still not committed to the LWCF. Instead, Congress must decide each year, through appropriations, how much funding will flow to the LWCF, leaving the program funding subject to the whims of partisan politics.

A promising bill, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act (S.1081) would guarantee funding each year, ending years of uncertainty. President Trump’s public declaration of support for this bill provides a promising opportunity to finally secure permanent funding for this critical conservation program.

The outdoor community has been advocating for this policy change for years, and we are on the verge of finally getting it done in another bipartisan show of support for our public lands. The Senate is moving quickly to get a vote scheduled, probably in the upcoming week, and we need climbers to speak up again in support of the LWCF.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Please take five minutes to use our easy letter-writing tool to tell your Senators to support S.1081, which secures permanent funding for the LWCF. Talking points are available on the next page.