LWCF legislation introduced in Senate

Sens. Max Baucus (MT) and Richard Burr (NC) recently introduced a bipartisan bill, S. 338, to reauthorize and fully dedicate funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

LWCF supports land and water conservation through fee-title acquisition or use of easements by federal or state governments. A portion of the fees companies pay to the federal government to drill for offshore oil and natural gas is the primary contribution to the fund, with minor additions coming from the sale of surplus federal real estate and taxes on motorboat fuel.

While LWCF is authorized at $900 million a year, Congress can—and often does—divert some of the drilling fees for other uses. For instance, LWCF received only 35.8 percent of its authorized funding during Fiscal Year 2012.

LWCF can support anything from national forests to neighborhood parks, but Ducks Unlimited has two priorities for the fund: Dakota Grassland Conservation and providing access to public lands.

Please contact your senators at (202) 224-3121 to sign on as co-sponsors, and be sure to thank them if they are already co-sponsoring:
  • Sen. Max Baucus (MT)
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (CO)
  • Sen. Richard  Blumenthal (CT) 
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA)
  • Sen. Richard Burr (NC) 
  • Sen. Christopher Coons, (DE)
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) 
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) 
  • Sen. Kay Hagan (NC)
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM) 
  • Sen. Tim Johnson (SD) 
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) 
  • Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) 
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) 
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI) 
  • Sen. Jon Tester (MT) 
  • Sen. Mark Udall (CO) 
  • Sen. Tom Udall (NM)
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)