Land Trust Alliance Statement on Expiration of Land and Water Conservation Fund

‘There Are Those in Congress Who Fought to the Very End’

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 20, 2018) – On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate failed to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, letting stand the fund’s expiration. The following statement can be attributed to Andrew Bowman, president of the Land Trust Alliance:

The Land Trust Alliance is disappointed that our nation’s signature conservation funding source, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, was not permanently reauthorized under the Continuing Resolution that passed the U.S. Senate.

For over 50 years, LWCF has helped protect America’s most treasured places. It has rightly drawn bipartisan support for the great good it does for our communities, our environment and our economy. I am disheartened that this bill could not be reauthorized in the waning hours of this Congress.

But there are those in Congress who fought to the very end and they have my deepest appreciation. Their support for conserving irreplaceable lands and improving outdoor recreation opportunities did not go unnoticed.

With a new Congress set to convene in January, the Alliance will continue to fight to permanently reauthorize and fully fund this critical program so that our 1,000 member land trusts can continue to conserve the lands we need and love.

Additional information about the Land and Water Conservation Fund can be accessed here.

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at

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