The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was established by Congress in 1964 to protect critical habitat, preserve natural areas and wildlife, provide clean water and ensure all Americans have access to quality outdoor recreation.
On June 24, 2010, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall introduced the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act (CLEAR Act). The Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows sent a letter to the Chairman supporting the legislation.
The Wilderness Society has identified 29 places across the United States as priorities for federal acquisition with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which use revenues generated from offshore oil and gas drilling leases to acquire critical new lands. See the 2011 LWCF and Forest Legacy priorities by clicking on the link below.