President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to urge Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Primarily funded by fees on offshore oil and gas drilling, LWCF has protected millions of acres by providing funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments to acquire land and water. Congress allowed the authorization for the 50-year-old LWCF to expire September 30.
Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, said in response:
"It's past time for Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program which for half a century has protected America's great outdoor spaces for the benefit of all outdoor enthusiasts and strengthened local economies. It's time for leaders of both sides to come together to renew this program's sacred covenant to enrich America's outdoor heritage for current and future generations."
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