This year the Land and Water Conservation Fund turns 45. For more than four decades this important conservation funding program has protected landscapes across the nation from Yellowstone National Park to Central Park in New York City. It has also conserved some of the premier desinations in the Highlands including Hibernia County Park in Chester County. This park and many others are featured in AMC Outdoors magazine. You can check out the article at: http://www.outdoors.org/publications/outdoors/2009/getout/hike-protected-lands.cfm
Haven't heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)? The LWCF was established by Congress in 1965 and designated that a portion of receipts from offshore oil and gas leases be placed into a fund annually for state and local conservation, as well as for the protection of our national treasures (parks, forest and wildlife areas). Annually the fund is supposed to provide $900 million for conservation, unfortunately the program has only done so twice in its history. AMC and a coalition of groups called the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition are working to see that the LWCF if fully funded. To learn more about this please become a fan of the LWCF on Facebook.