About the Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is one of our nation’s most successful conservation programs. It has benefitted all 50 states, including providing funding to protect some of New Mexico’s most beautiful outdoor spaces. LWCF has helped provide access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
Since 1965, New Mexico has received more than $312 million dollars from LWCF for over 1,200 projects, which has funded everything from local playground equipment and ball fields to state park visitor facilities to the acquisition of land from willing sellers to establish and add to our National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and Wildlife Refuges. LWCF is funded from offshore oil and gas drilling royalties, meaning that none of it comes from taxpayer dollars.
The Trump administration and Department of Interior want to slash programs like LWCF that protect our public lands, water, and access, making the fight to save this program more important than ever.
Without action from Congress, LWCF will expire on September 30, 2018. Unless Congress acts before then to reauthorize and fully fund LWCF, every state, including New Mexico, would experience a dramatic shortage of funding for projects that sustain our land, our water, and our New Mexico outdoor heritage.
The LWCF Road Trip stories highlight how LWCF positively impacts the everyday lives of New Mexicans. We hope these stories inspire you to contact your members of Congress and urge them to renew and fully fund LWCF. The LWCF Road Trip was a joint project between the Partnership for Responsible Business, the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, and the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce. These organizations are dedicated to highlighting the economic benefits of protecting public spaces and public lands.