Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

Op-Ed

Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

By JEREMY ROMERO
Wildlife Corridor Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation

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Valles Caldera is the largest land acquisition in New Mexico made through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the primary tools for protecting our national and local parks and public lands. LWCF contributed over $100 million to acquire the Preserve, help promote recreational opportunities and public access, and conserve habitat for wildlife including elk, mule deer, and mountain lions. And LWCF accomplishes things like this all over America at no cost to taxpayers. LWCF is completely funded from offshore oil and gas drilling royalties.