We are grateful to everyone in the NRPA advocacy network, friends, members and partners, whose relentless pursuits of higher funding levels for LWCF have paid off in this great achievement
Washington, DC (Vocus) October 31, 2009
Parks and recreation facilities around the country received good news on Thursday when the House and Senate Interior Appropriations Conference Committee announced the allocation of $40 million to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Stateside Assistance Program for fiscal year 2010. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) expresses its appreciation to the thousands of members and coalition partners who took part in the 2010 LWCF advocacy campaign and helped ensure an amount more than double that of fiscal year 2009.
"We are grateful to everyone in the NRPA advocacy network, friends, members and partners, whose relentless pursuits of higher funding levels for LWCF have paid off in this great achievement," said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. "This is evidence of how effective our collective advocacy efforts are, as well as our ability to work on behalf of LWCF funding levels."
LWCF Stateside Assistance Program funds match grants to assist states and localities in recreational planning, acquiring recreational lands and waters, and developing outdoor recreation facilities. During initial consideration of the bill in May 2009, the House Appropriations Committee originally voted to provide $30 million in funding to LWCF Stateside. With advocacy efforts by NRPA, and leadership by Reps. Norm Dicks (D-WA) and James McGovern (D-MA), an amendment resulted, bringing a total of $40 million on the House bill. The Senate version of the bill passed in September and provided $35 million for LWCF Stateside, but with additional advocacy efforts by NRPA membership and partners, the resulting sum of $40 million was passed.
The 2010 allocation reverses what had become a trend of decreased program funding over the last several years. However, while NRPA is pleased with the increase, the association has vowed to work toward full funding of the LWCF program at $900 million annually with $450 million being allocated to the Stateside program.
"Continued advocacy is more important than ever," Tulipane said. "The parks and recreation community must continue to build momentum in its efforts to obtain full and dedicated funding, which has the potential to be 10 times the current amount of LWCF."
For more information on NRPA's legislative initiatives, contact Stacey Pine, chief government affairs officer, at (202) 887-0290 or spine(at)nrpa.org.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of some 21,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
Headquartered in Ashburn, Va., NRPA works closely with local, state, and national recreation and park agencies, citizen groups and corporations to carry out its objectives. Priorities include advocating favorable legislation and public policy; continuing education for park and recreation professionals and citizens; providing professional certification, university accreditation, research and technical assistance; and, increasing public awareness of the importance of parks and recreation. For more information, visit http://www.nrpa.org.
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