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Por la Creación Faith-based Alliance, which develops stewards of God’s creation by educating and engaging this generation to leave a legacy for the future, applauded President Obama’s budget proposal and its commitment to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“For way too long, we’ve allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund to remain underfunded. President Obama has recognized the importance of LWCF in the protection of national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, as well as in the creation of local parks and recreational facilities for youth and families.

“We have a moral responsibility to taxpayers, our communities and future generations to fund LWCF. It protects God’s majesty in the mountains, rivers, deserts and other breathtaking landscapes of our nation for the next generation to enjoy. We need balance between energy development and conservation – it begins with fulfilling the promise to fully-fund LWCF.

“We thank President Obama for his desire to see LWCF fully funded, now it’s time for Congress to rise to the challenge.”

Conservation and land use issues could have the power to sway how western Hispanics vote in 2014 elections, according to the new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll.

“The West is a major political battlefield this year, and the poll tells us congressional candidates would be wise to consider their position on conservation and land use issues carefully,” said Colorado College economist and State of the Rockies Project faculty director Walt Hecox, PhD. “Westerners want their air, water and land protected, and where a candidate stands on these issues could potentially sway votes.”

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