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Senators: Support the Great American Outdoors Act today

As a Trust for Public Land supporter, you’re a part of the coalition that’s fighting for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a critical source of federal funding for parks and open space. Thanks to over twenty years of tireless advocacy from a diverse coalition of park fans across the country, we’re on the brink of an incredible legislative victory: permanent, full, and dedicated funding for LWCF.

The Great American Outdoors Act

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Great American Outdoors Act — a bill that would permanently allocate $900 million to LWCF every year. That would be an unprecedented level of guaranteed support and stability for parks and conservation spending all across the country.

Since the program’s inception in 1964, Congress has almost never allocated the program its full $900 million in possible funding. Some years, almost every penny that was supposed to go to parks and conservation was directed elsewhere. Meanwhile, too many people across the country lack access to a close-to-home park, and the wild places we go to rest, explore, and recharge are under threat from development, wildfire, climate change, and more.

But with the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, that uncertainty would end — forever. The bill would guarantee the federal funding our communities so desperately need to ensure access to nature for all, every single year.

The future of our parks and open spaces is in your hands

You’ve stood with us for two decades as we’ve fought in the halls of Congress and communities across the country for this crucial federal program. It’s thanks to you that we celebrated the permanent authorization of LWCF in March, 2019 — a moment the Washington Post called “the most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade.” It was a huge step in the right direction — and by guaranteeing full funding for LWCF every year, the Great American Outdoors Act would complete this long, important journey. We need your help to make sure this crucial bill crosses the finish line. Speak up for the Great American Outdoors Act today by signing our petition.

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Congressional Petition

RE: Support the Great American Outdoors Act today 

I am writing to express my strong support for the Great American Outdoors Act.

The Great American Outdoors Act would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) so that we can conserve our country's special places now and in the future. For more than 50 years, the LWCF has helped fund the protection and management of everything from national parks and forests to close-to-home recreation areas in all 50 states. This ensures every family has access to our country's iconic landscapes.

According to the National Park Service, more than $11 billion in maintenance projects within our National Parks have been on the backburner due to lack of funds. The Great American Outdoors Act would ensure our National Parks are cared for by providing the NPS with enough funding to make these critical repairs and restore our National Parks.

The Great American Outdoors Act is a historic opportunity to protect our environment and economy. I urge you, as my Senator, to protect our National Parks and public lands by supporting the Great American Outdoors Act today.

Thank you,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]