Save their Home: Act Now to Protect Grizzly Bears

Land and Water Conservation

In the early 1800s, an estimated 50,000 grizzly bears roamed North America in places like the American southwest and throughout the Great Plains. But today, fewer than 1,900 remain in the continental United States.

Grizzly bears in the United States just don’t have the habitat they need -- they’ve been pushed to the furthest corners of their historic range. The protected public lands that grizzly bears need to forage and breed are in danger, threatened by development.

Investing in habitat is the best way to ensure grizzlies’ long term survival. And, for more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been protecting millions of acres of prime habitat for wildlife all across the country—from prime grizzly territory to nearly every county nationwide.

But LWCF is set to expire this year, and the stakes could not be higher. Without this critical program, thousands of acres across grizzly country will continue to go unprotected. And so will hundreds of other important conservation programs that help save other vital species, keep our water clean, and protect nature nationwide.

With your support, we can help protect thousands more acres of lands to give grizzlies in the continental U.S. a fighting chance. Call on Congress today to protect the natural resources grizzlies and other precious wildlife depend on.

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Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Dear TNC

With threats to nature rapidly increasing, it is especially critical to renew and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) right now. We cannot afford to put essential conservation programs in jeopardy.

I hope you will not miss the opportunity to reauthorize LWCF in the upcoming spending bill.

LWCF is one of America's most important and successful conservation programs, benefiting every state in the nation. LWCF has a 50-year track record of helping provide clean water, conserve natural resources, increase recreation opportunities and support communities.

Vital conservation work will be hampered if LWCF expires or is not fully funded. Plus, increased funding will not cost taxpayers a penny because it's paid for with drilling fees from oil and gas companies. I ask you to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund as soon as possible.