Conservation Policy

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Land and Water Conservation Fund

Established in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund was created to help steward and protect our nation’s precious natural assets for all Americans. The LWCF is sustained by offshore oil and gas drilling royalties and has provided critical conservation funding for national parks, landscape-scale habitat projects, water quality, wildlife and even local parks and recreation areas for over five decades: all at no charge to taxpayers.

In Montana, $619 million in LWCF funding has been used to conserve and protect some of our most iconic landscapes since the establishment of the program: places like the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the Rocky Mountain Front, Glacier National Park and many others have received conservation funding via the LWCF. By protecting drinking water, cultural sites, natural areas, wildlife habitat and open space, Montana and the nation have profoundly benefited from this visionary conservation program.

In March 2019, the Land and Water Conservation Fund was permanently reauthorized with strong bipartisan congressional support. However, dedicated funding for the LWCF was never established. For the program to do its job, full, dedicated funding of $900 million annually, is needed.

Montana Audubon strongly supports the LWCF. Birders, hunters, campers hikers and everyone who enjoys our national lands benefit from America’s conservation program: stay tuned to learn about what you can do to support the LWCF! #fundLWCF

Click here to learn more about the national coalition to fully fund the LWCF.

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