Hunters and anglers keep their eyes on the senate as land and water conservation fund expire. Sportsmen and women delivered a letter urging the reauthorization of a successful program.

TALLAHASSEE (10/1/18) – 371 Florida sportsmen and women delivered a letter to members of Florida’s congressional delegation today calling on them to support full-funding and reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The letter highlighted LWCF’s support for projects like land acquisition providing public access for hunting and fishing, and preserving essential wildlife habitat and migration corridors in Florida. The 54-year-old conservation program expired yesterday.

Congress has made a huge mistake by allowing this successful conservation program to expire, said Manley Fuller, President of the Florida Wildlife Federation. Hunters and anglers throughout Florida have benefitted from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Our state has received over $1 billion in support from this and Congress needs to fix this blunder.

The legislation is moving through the Senate that Senator Rubio and Senator Nelson may have a chance to vote on.

Sportsmen and women in Florida will be watching closely to see which way our Senators vote when given the chance, added Franklin Adams, board member of the Florida Wildlife Federation. I hope our Senators make the choice to stand with Floridians and support the full-funding and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.