WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S Rep. Michelle Lujan Grishamwill join a diverse coalition of community leaders this morning to celebrate the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during its 50th anniversary with a visit to the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque.
At a community event, local leaders will call for reauthorization and full funding of the landmark conservation law that is set to expire Sept. 30. The public and media are encouraged to attend.
Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is an original cosponsor of S. 890, a bill to permanently authorize and fully fund the LWCF, which is one of the most successful government programs in preserving our nation’s precious natural and cultural resources and improving access to the outdoors in urban and rural communities.
LWCF takes a portion of royalties from offshore oil and gas development and invests that money in national parks and historic sites; national wildlife refuges; watersheds; working forests; wildlife areas; and state and local parks, trails and ball fields.
LWCF has helped fund more than 40,000 projects nationwide, including the Petroglyph National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, and plays a vital role in boosting local economies. For every $1 invested through the fund, there is a return of $4 in economic activity.