The Louisiana black bear — the inspiration for the teddy bear — has made an awe-inspiring comeback from the brink of extinction. But now, the once-endangered animal, along with countless other animals nationwide, risks losing habitat that was critical to its recovery.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected millions of acres in nearly every county in the U.S., and all the animals that live in them, for more than 50 years. The landmark legislation funded the protection of lands that enabled the Louisiana black bear to stage its comeback from as few as 80 bears in the 1980s to as many as 750 bears today.
But Congress let the Land and Water Conservation Fund expire last September without a plan to renew it. The stakes could not be higher. Without this critical program, habitats it sustains — like the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, home to the Louisiana black bear — risk losing critical funding.
Critical conservation work is at risk each day that LWCF is not up and running.
Call on Congress today to renew and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund right away. We must protect natural treasures, from these vital habitats for the teddy bear to your own backyard!
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Renew the LWCF Right Away
With threats to nature rapidly increasing, it is especially critical to renew and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as soon as possible. We cannot afford to put essential conservation programs in jeopardy.LWCF is one of America's most important and successful conservation programs, benefiting every state in the nation. It has helped provide clean water, conserve natural resources, increase recreation opportunities and support communities for 50 years.The vital conservation work it supports is at risk every day LWCF is expired or is not fully funded. Plus, increased funding will not cost taxpayers a penny because it's paid for with drilling revenues from oil and gas companies. I ask you to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund as soon as possible.