Coalition of National Park Service Retirees Endorse Reauthorization, Full Funding of LWCF
In response to recent calls to make drastic changes to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR) has announced their support for the full funding and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire later this year. The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR), an organization of almost 1050 members, including many former: Park Superintendents, Regional Directors, Associate and Deputy Directors of the National Park Service, along with numerous rangers, resource managers, scientists, and historians. In all, CNPSR represents over 35,000 years of National Park experience and service.
“As someone who worked firsthand with the Land and Water Conservation Fund my entire career, I can say without hesitation that this program has provided immeasurable benefits to the American public,” said Thomas Ross, the former Assistant Director for Recreation and Conservation at the National Park Service. “Congress should reauthorize LWCF immediately rather than entertain misconceived plans to divert the fund to unrelated uses.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was authorized in 1965 and has been a major resource for land and water preservation over the years at the national and state level in protecting critical lands and waters, but also for providing millions of Americans with unparalled park and recreation opportunities throughout the country. The LWCF will expire on September 30, 2015 and with it will go one of the most important conservation and recreation mechanisms in our nation’s history. Utilizing a small portion of receipts from Federal offshore oil and gas leases, the Fund has helped protect millions of acres of national park, forest, wildlife refuges and other threatened lands and preserved them for the future. In addition, a portion of the Fund has been distributed at the state and local level to establish, protect and provide close to home outdoor recreation opportunities for millions of Americans.
The Coalition strongly encourages the United States Congress to act without delay and reauthorize this essential program to continue to address our nation’s conservation and recreation needs.
Thomas Ross, Former Assistant Director, Recreation and Conservation, NPS
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