The Land and Water Conservation Fund
In September, Congress failed to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, that for more than five decades has been funding and protecting public lands, parks, ball fields, playgrounds and clean water sites—all with bipartisan support. LWCF is funded by royalties from oil and gas companies and costs taxpayers nothing. Nearly every American receives benefits from it. This is simply a low-risk, low-cost yet high-reward investment in our communities that must be reauthorized permanently.
In a recent survey given to business owners in New Mexico and three other Western states, it was found that 80 percent fully support fully funding and reauthorizing LWCF. We know that when we have good communities and good infrastructure in those communities, businesses want to be located there, their employees are happy and they can attract quality employees to move to those regions. If we do not get Congress to act quickly and immediately reauthorize this funding, its legacy is in grave danger.
Our senators and representatives know the value of LWCF’s reauthorization. For the sake of all New Mexicans and Americans, please consider contacting their offices to encourage them to move this forward quickly. It is vitally important that this funding not be lost in the shuffle. Let’s not forget that we need space for quality of life and space to find peace, whether we like to hike, hunt, trail run like I do, or simply watch our kids play soccer or baseball on a field that may have been funded by LWCF. Take five minutes now and make a call or send an email.
Kimberly Griego-Kiel is president of Horizons Sustainable Financial Services and lives in Santa Fe.