March 15, 2010
Garner Support for Funding LWCF State Assistance
Action Needed: Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202.225.3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. To find your Representative, visit NRPA's Advocacy Action Center. Ask to speak to the staff person that handles Interior Appropriations and urge them to have your Representative sign on to the "Dear Colleague" letter requesting $175 million in funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance for FY 11. Direct congressional staff to contact Lauryn Schothorst (Rep. Gerlach) or Jesse Young (Rep. Murphy).
The House letter closes March 19, 2010 so please encourage your Representatives to sign on TODAY.
Background: The LWCF State Assistance program matches funds 50/50 to assist in the creation of new public parks, development of public recreation resources, and redevelopment of recreation infrastructure. In the House, Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) have joined Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA), and Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) in sponsoring a “Dear Colleague” letter requesting $175 million for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance, $150 million for the Forest Legacy Program, and $425 million for LWCF federal land acquisition in the FY 2011 Interior Appropriations bill. A “Dear Colleague” letter carries significant importance as it is used to show appropriators the support that exists for a particular issue.
• LWCF plays an important economic role as a driver for jobs and the revitalization of local communities. Recent studies have shown that visitation, tourism, and jobs related to nearby public lands annually contribute billions to regional economies while creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs.
• Share examples of past projects and identify future LWCF projects in your community. These funds help to develop sports fields, neighborhood parks, and community gathering places, as well as the acquisition of green space for state and local conservation and park purposes.
• The LWCF state assistance program is one of the most successful Federal, State, and Local cooperative conservation partnerships in the history of the Dept. of Interior. LWCF serves a vital national need, the need to get the American public active and healthy, which they can best do by recreating at close-to-home recreation facilities and parks aided by the LWCF State Assistance.
For feedback from congressional offices and further assistance, please contact Michael Phillips or Joel Pannell at NRPA Public Policy, or call 202.887.0290.