Conservationists are praising a bill introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus that would fully and permanently fund the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund at its congressionally authorized $900 million level.
The LWCF was created in 1965 and is financed by revenues from offshore oil and gas royalties. It has received full funding only once in 1ts 44 year history. (Last year, only $155 million was appropriated.)
Above photo is of Timber Point, 110 acres in Biddeford, Maine, that TPL will add to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife refuge with help from a current LWCF appropriation.