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MASSLAND E-NEWS ACTION ALERT
Alerts to the Massachusetts Land Conservation Community
October 28, 2011
PLEASE CONTACT OUR MASSACHUSETTS U.S. SENATORS BROWN AND KERRY TO SUPPORT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF)

During the past several weeks, key U.S. Senators have signed on as cosponsors to legislation that would provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Senators Brown and Kerry play key roles in this session of Congress and the national LWCF campaign has identified them as critical supporters.  SO, we would like to ask you to contact them to:

THANK THE SENATORS for their support of LWCF during the last session
Remind them of our support for LWCF
Ask them to cosponsor S.1265, which would provide full funding for LWCF
The best way to contact the Senators is through their email portals: 

Kerry: http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/ and Brown: http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown

The next two weeks are critical as Congress stands to recess soon and we need to drum up support in Massachusetts to capitalize on the momentum behind the bill.

More background: Last year, the Massachusetts conservation community provided a strong and positive message in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to our two U.S. Senators.  Both Senators Brown and Kerry responded by supporting legislation during the previous Congress that would have provided full funding for LWCF -- but efforts to enact the bill ultimately failed.

Since its inception, LWCF has provided Massachusetts with over $185 million for land conservation and outdoor recreation. This includes $89.7 million in federal appropriations for sites like the Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge and Cape Cod National Seashore, and matching grants to state and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

Although Congress authorized LWCF to receive a small percentage of offshore oil and gas fee revenues - up to $900 million a year - most of these funds have been diverted elsewhere. Legislation (S.1265) introduced is now pending before the U.S. Senate that would ensure this funding. The legislation would make a permanent annual appropriation and guarantee LWCF funding for the future.

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Prepared by:
Kathy McGrath, Coordinator
Mass. Land Trust Coalition
18 Wolbach Road
Sudbury, MA  01776
Kmcgrath@massland.org
Tel: 978-443-2233
www.MassLand.org