RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids Calls for Reauthorization, Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Contact: Virginia Cramer, 804-519-8449, Virginia.cramer@sierraclub.org

Outdoors Alliance for Kids Calls for Reauthorization, Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, DC — The House Natural Resources Committee today will hold a hearing on draft legislation “Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation Act,” introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) as an alternative to reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

In response the Outdoors Alliance for Kids issued the following statement.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides critical resources for ensuring that children, youth and families are able to spend time outdoors. It should be permanently reauthorized and fully funded.

The fund’s land acquisition and assistance programs increase opportunities for play and recreation that help keep our kids fit and healthy. These programs deserve Congressional support. It’s essential that we continue to provide ample opportunities for young people to get outdoors regardless of whether they live in urban, rural or suburban areas.

The reauthorization process should not be used to advance new spending programs unrelated to the purposes of the Land and Water Conservation Fund– promoting conservation and outdoor recreation, but instead should focus on continuing the success of the program over the last half-century.

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