Washington, DC - The President released the Administration’s budget for FY2014 today including $600 million in funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and proposing full funding at $900 million—equal to the amount of oil and gas receipts deposited in the LWCF each year—for FY2015. The Budget also proposes LWCF funding to revive the Urban Parks Recreation and Recovery Program, which can help revitalize urban parks and increase access to trails, green space, and other recreational areas in the most underserved urban communities.
The national urban park advocacy organization City Parks Alliance applauds the Administration for fulfilling its commitment to reach full funding for this important conservation investment as outlined in the President’s 2011 America’s Great Outdoors report. “Continued investment in the Land and Water Conservation Fund is vital to making our cities economically competitive and environmentally sustainable,” said City Parks Alliance Executive Director Catherine Nagel. “The President has set the bar toward full funding and we now turn to Congress to ensure that this critical source of conservation funding reaches its intended levels.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the nation’s most important tools for creating and protecting green space in America’s increasingly populated urban areas. For 45 years, the LWCF has been a crucial source of support to conserve open space and water resources, while also funding new parks, trails, and recreational facilities in urban and rural communities.
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