WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, during a markup in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured passage out of committee for bipartisan legislation to both permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
"The Land and Water Conservation Fund is America's most successful conservation program," said Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources who has long advocated for the permanent reauthorization and full funding of LWCF. "It protects our drinking water, provides public land access for outdoor recreation, and ensures there are soccer fields and baseball diamonds for our children. In New Mexico, LWCF has helped preserve many treasured places, including the Valles Caldera, Ute Mountain, and Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. LWCF also expands opportunities for outdoor traditions like hunting, camping, and fishing that are among the pillars of Western culture, and a thriving outdoor recreation economy. I will continue to do everything in my power to permanently and fully fund LWCF to ensure that the outdoor places we all treasure will be protected for future generations to enjoy."