The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) -- perhaps the most important piece of federal legislation that has been protecting our nation’s land and water for the last 50 years – was reauthorized for three years in December of 2015. Through the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation act, the LWCF was permanently reauthorized in March 2019. Given the political climate, it was an enormous victory.
LWCF is a vital extension of our existing historic and cultural preservation systems – a part of our collective American heritage that’s one of the most important legacies to be handed down to our children and grandchildren. It’s not just land and it’s not just water, our public lands are the essence of our democracy – where all Americans have equal ownership and access regardless of cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds. Preserving these spaces is not only important to the Latino community, it represents a fundamental American value.