Movement on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The clock is ticking on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire on September 30th. The LWCF is perhaps the most important piece of federal legislation that has been protecting our nation’s land and water for the last 50 years. LWCF funding has conserved public lands that are critical to Latino communities, from the Santa Fe National Forest and Watershed (a National Park Service Latino Heritage Site, significant for its history as the home to Hispano settlers and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains); to the recently established Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, that provides critical outdoor and educational opportunities to Latino communities in Bernalillo and Valencia Counties in New Mexico.

AZ Fishing Day with HECHO | Photo By Liz Archuleta

AZ Fishing Day with HECHO | Photo By Liz Archuleta

According to a recent poll by Earthjustice and GreenLatinos, 79% of Latinos believe it is very important to protect our nation’s wildlife and public lands, so whether or not someone has heard of the LWCF specifically, philosophically, there’s overwhelming support. HECHO is working to make sure that LWCF is not only reauthorized, but is fully funded, to protect our natural resources, as well as our country’s dynamic, multi-cultural past. As of recent, we have been conducting Hill visits to promote the inclusion of LWCF reauthorization in larger bills moving through the House and Senate. Learn more about it in these recent articles:

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