Faith-based Alliance Applauds Full-funding for LWCF in President’s Budget

March 04, 2014

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.”

 

In 1965, Congress created the LWCF using a portion of royalties paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore with the intent to balance the depletion of one resource by protecting another. By law, the fund is capped at $900 million annually, but has only been fully funded once in nearly 50 years.

Por la Creación Faith-based Alliance was founded, as an initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation, by several prominent religious leaders from Western states in the fall of 2013. The Alliance brings common-sense and spiritual guidance to the national discussion about the value of our parks and public lands, and other environmental issues affecting Latinos. This leadership is instrumental in spurring change that preserves our natural treasures for future generations — bringing balance and fairness to how our nation views conservation in relation to energy development.

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