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Senate Passes Dedicated LWCF - Now Ask Your Rep to Sign-on!

eNews Policy Update: March 14, 2012

Senate vote a big step forward for LWCF, Forest Legacy, and Gulf Coast restoration

On March 8, by a surprisingly strong vote of 76 to 22, the Senate approved an amendment (#1822) to the Senate Transportation Bill to provide two years of dedicated Land & Water Conservation Fund funding ($700 million/year) and re-authorize the program through 2022. This amendment also includes the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act, directing much of the Clean Water Act penalties associated with the 2010 Gulf spill back to the region for long term ecological restoration and economic development.

This isn’t a done deal yet. The House still needs to pass it's transportation bill and differences with the Senate bill will need to be reconciled. The House also approved a RESTORE Act amendment, but did not include LWCF or clearly dedicate restoration spending. This is, however, a major step towards enacting this important legislation.

Take Action Today

Urge Your Rep to Sign the LWCF/Forest Legacy Letter

Last month, we shared the great news that President Obama is seeking $450 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in fiscal year 2013, including $60 million for the Forest Legacy Program. Now we need help asking your Representative to sign a letter supporting that request, an increase of about a third over last year.

  • Call your Representative via the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
  • Ask to speak with the staffer who handles natural resource issues and tell them what organization you represent
  • Urge them to sign the FY 2013 LWCF/Forest Legacy letter by contacting Nicole Rohr in the office of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) or Helen Dwight in the office of Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH)
  • Be sure to check the list of 259 previous LWCF supporters and thank them for their past support when asking them to sign-on again (or see if your Rep has already signed-on)
  • Ask for the staffer's email address and send him or her  a copy of the letter
  • Find more general background and talking points on LWCF at www.lta.org/lwcf and www.lwcfcoalition.org

The deadline for the House letter is Friday, March 16.

We expect a Senate version of this letter to be ready for signatures in the coming days.

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