The Ice Age Trail Alliance has worked tirelessly toward completion of a contiguous Trail through Wisconsin. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been indispensable to that effort, investing more than $14.5M in permanently protecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
These LWCF investments are critical funding to fill in gaps, extend the Trail and protect a continuous corridor, and have also served as the catalyst for leveraging federal investment with State, city, county, and private dollars at a rate of 2.5 to 1.
This represents a true partnership effort that brings stakeholders together to create a major economic and public health asset for Wisconsin and individual Trail Communities.
In 2017, the IATA was able to protect just one mile of Trail. The slowdown in our acquisitions can be tied directly to Congress’s failure to permanently secure the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF is now inching toward expiration. The fund was temporarily extended for three years in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, and will expire September 30, 2018.
The continual siphoning off of its designated funding to other purposes has created a backlog of unmet conservation needs across the country. The lack of long-term stability for LWCF is a major obstacle to our continued work to protect and maintain the Trail.
#SaveLWCF is the rallying cry of supporters who recognize the importance of LWCF funding in creating and protecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Please call, write, or email your own members of Congress in the U.S. House and Senate. Request they reauthorize and protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senate bills S.569 and S.896 would re-authorize funding for LWCF now and in the future.
If there’s no action, authorization for this funding will be gone on September 30, 2018.
Don’t delay. Future Ice Age Trail related land acquisitions depend on it.
And…please know this, the LWCF funding has also been instrumental in creating hunting areas, bike trails, ski-trails, and local parks. Many of the green spaces we’ve come to love are a direct result of this important source of financial support.
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