Cumberland Times-News

January 9, 2013

Thanks to Maryland senators for backing conservation fund

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— We wish to recognize the leadership of U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin on behalf of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

LWCF is the program that ensures Maryland has the resources our parks, forests, and wildlife areas need to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and to strengthen our economy.

If you enjoy visiting a neighborhood or state park, the odds are that LWCF helped to make this possible.

LWCF has also preserved for future generations the experiences of canoeing Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s water trails, visiting Antietam National Battlefield, and camping at Assateague Island National Seashore.

LWCF funds don’t come from taxpayers. They come from fees paid by oil and gas companies for drilling offshore.

However, money consistently gets taken out of the fund for other purposes, shortchanging us the money we need to invest in our recreational economy.

Our senators joined 47 other senators on a bipartisan letter urging a solution. We urge the new Congress to make action on LWCF a top priority.

Joel Dunn, executive director

Chesapeake Conservancy

Bill Crouch, Maryland director

The Conservation Fund