WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 1, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today calling for the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which expires today.
“For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect New Mexico’s precious land and water resources that are a part of our heritage and culture. As one of our most successful conservation and recreation programs, LWCF has also strengthened our economy and helped create jobs in our communities by supporting public access to outdoor recreation that attracts visitors from near and far to the Land of Enchantment.
“With outdoor recreation estimated to contribute $3.8 billion to the state’s economy and support 47,000 jobs across New Mexico, the LWCF provides valuable resources that help preserve and protect our outdoor areas that are some of the best in the world. Over the past five decades, New Mexico has received approximately $261 million that has helped fund projects in the Santa Fe National Forest, the Carson National Forest, the Bandelier National Monument, and much more.
“With LWCF set to expire today, it is long past time for Congress to act and reauthorize this important program. I will continue to fight to extend LWCF along with robust funding that will ensure that New Mexico’s beautiful lands and outdoor areas are preserved for all to enjoy.”