The Land and Water Conservation Fund (“LWCF”) expires on September 30, 2018. Compromise legislation has been proposed that would permanently reauthorize the LWCF. This compromise is better than losing the LWCF entirely, although it would receive no guaranteed funding to continue conserving critical natural and recreational resources. Instead, a new parks maintenance program would receive guaranteed funding from the same funding source (oil and gas royalties) that pays for the LWCF.
We believe that maintenance of our National Park System should not depend on oil and gas royalties. Adequate maintenance funding should be included in the Federal budget, as is funding for other parts of our nation’s infrastructure. Please click here to ask your elected Members of Congress to support permanent authorization AND full funding for the LWCF.
More than $213 million has come to Illinois through the LWCF, including $33 million spent in Cook County alone. Starved Rock State Park, the Illinois Prairie Path, Deer Grove East Forest Preserve, Volo Bog, Chain’O’Lakes State Park, the I&M Canal trail system, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois Beach State Park, Kennicott Grove, and park districts from Chicago to Highland Park to Naperville have all received funding to improve how we experience the outdoors.