As elected officials representing communities across New Mexico, our jobs are to do what is in the best interest of the people living and working where we live and work. One common thread across the communities we serve is that each one has benefitted greatly from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Without Congressional action, LWCF is set to expire at the end of September.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress in 1964 for specific purposes that are even more relevant today: to provide states, counties and municipalities funding for local open space and recreation projects; to acquire and protect federal lands; and to preserve the cultural and historical sites that make our country great.
Whether it’s better access to our national parks, forests, monuments or refuges, or improvements to local parks, LWCF has funded over 1,200 projects across the state, to the tune of $312 million.