29 Senators Signed-On, Rally Your Senators to Support LWCF State Assistance


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From National Recreation and Park Association

Deadline Extended to May 8, 2009

Call Today and Ask your Senators to Sign-on to a "Dear Colleague" Letter. The Deadline has been extended until Friday, May 8th! There are presently

What’s Happening: In the Senate, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), have joined Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in sponsoring a "Dear Colleague" letter requesting $125 million for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance, $125 million for the Forest Legacy Program, and $325 million for LWCF federal land acquisition in the FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill.

Action Needed: We need your help to ensure Congress restores adequate funding to the LWCF State Assistance program. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator's office. Ask to speak to the staff person that handles Interior Appropriations and urge them to have your Senators sign-on to the "Dear Colleague" letter requesting $125 million in funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance for the FY2010 budget. Direct them to contact Adrienne Wojciechowski (Senator Leahy) at adrienne.w@judiciarydemsenate.gov, Trent Bauserman (Senator Shaheen) at trent_bauserman@shaheen.senate.gov, Patrick Woodcock (Senator Snowe) at patrick_woodcock@snowe.senate.gov, or Kara Weishaar (Senator Burr) at kara_weishaar@burr.senate.gov by May 8th.

Please Call your Senator to sign-on TODAY

Presently, the following 29 Senators have Signed-on:

Akaka (D-HI), Baucus (D-MT), Bingaman (D-NM), Burris (D-IL), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Begich (D-AK), Burr (R-NC), Cardin (D-MD), Casey (D-PA), Corker (D-TN), Crapo (R-ID), Dodd (D-CT), Gillibrand (D-NY)Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA), Kaufman (D-DE), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Lieberman (D-CT), Menendez (D-NJ), Reed (D-RI), Risch (R-ID), Sanders (D-VT), Shaheen (D-NH), Snowe (R-ME), Udall (D-NM), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wyden (D-OR)

To view a copy of the Senate FY 2010 Dear Colleague go to:


To explain why they should support your request, use these key points:

* The LWCF State Assistance program matches funds 50/50 to assist in parks and recreation to create new public parks, develop public recreation resources and rehabilitate existing recreation infrastructure. Local and state governments match the federal investment dollar for dollar, and often, many times more. Local communities agree to protect the parks in perpetuity and make them open for recreation and public access. Since its inception, the program has provided funding for over 41,000 state and local projects in 98% of U.S. counties.

* Explain the value of the LWCF state assistance to your community through past project and identify future LWCF projects in your community. Go to http://waso-lwcf.ncrc.nps.gov/public/index.cfm to find projects in your county.

* These funds help to develop sports fields, neighborhood parks, 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.

If you are unsure who your Senators are you can type in your zip code at http://ga0.org/nrpa/home.html or ask the just ask the Capitol Switchboard operator at 202-224-3121. The Senate letter will be circulating until Friday, May 8, 2009.

For feedback from congressional offices and further assistance please contact Michael Phillips (mphillips@nrpa.org), at NRPA Public Policy, or call 202-887-0290.

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