Target: Colorado’s U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet
Goal: Protect our parks, forests, and wilderness areas by properly funding protection efforts.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federally and privately funded organization charged with the caring for America’s national parks, forests, and wilderness areas.
With the country’s current economic status, the LWCF’s funds have been slashed in recent years. Just last year, Congress voted to re-allocate 93 percent of the institution’s available funds.
With so little pristine wilderness left, much of which resides in Colorado, that states’ senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, have an unique opportunity to voice their constituents’ opinions and demand that a larger share of the LWCF’s money stay within the institution.
These lands not only help keep our air fresh, our water clean, and our ecosystems alive, but they also serve to keep Americans happy and healthy.
If Congress would vote for the LWCF to receive a guaranteed minimum level of funding, these extra funds would allow for a more comprehensive clean up of the beetle kill (preventing future wild fires), more protection for our dying river systems, and gainful employments for thousands of young men and women currently looking for work.
Dear SenatorS Udall and Bennet,
The status of our national parks, forests, and wilderness areas, along with their protection, is extremely important to me as well as many other Americans. Our remaining wild and free lands act as a filter to the industrial world, keeping our water clean, our air fresh, and our ecosystems alive. Such lands also provide an escape from urban life, where one can spiritually rejuvenate one’s soul and bond with nature.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) protects many of these unique lands so that future generations may also enjoy and reap their benefits. But last year the LWCF funds were cut by an astonishing 93 percent.
With governments under severe fiscal restraint, there is no doubt that most of the $900 million dollars allocated to the LWCF could be used to maintain educational programs, support the health system, rebuild our aging infrastructure, or aid dozens of other under-funded institutions in the country.
The purpose of this letter is not to ask you to support the full LWCF spending allotment, but rather encourage Congress to maintain a guaranteed base minimum budget so the fund can effectively combat the forces working to industrialize and develop our nation’s remaining wilderness areas.
The guaranteed money, coming in consistently each year, would serve to better preserve, if not improve the National Park System by combating the rampant spread of the pine beetle as well as the major expansion of mining, damming, and drilling projects. Moreover, the work needed to accomplish such large undertakings would create numerous jobs for young men and women across the country—much like the Public Works Administration or the Civil Conservation Corps did during the economic collapse of 1930’s.
If the reappropriation of the LWCF’s money were reduced to 80, or even 75 percent of the total allotment, the good that would result could help not only the environment and the economy, but also enhance our standard of living.
Please make the protection of our state parks and historical monuments a priority during your next term in Congress and allow the LWCF to do what needs to be done—protect America’s natural beauty and wonder.
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