Fort Monroe National Monument

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Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund safeguards our history and provides recreation opportunities for all Americans.

Since its inception in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been a key tool for adding to our nation’s collection of historic sites, historic and cultural parks, battlefields, and other public lands. It is one of America’s most important conservation and recreation programs.

For over 50 years, LWCF has safeguarded our history and provided recreation opportunities for all Americans. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped save places like Fort Monroe National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Chancellorsville Battlefield, and Belle Grove.

These historic, archeological, and cultural sites face threats from encroaching development or conversion to other uses. Since 2007, for example, 335 sites associated with the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 have been lost, destroyed, or fragmented. LWCF helps preserve the places that showcase our diverse history for future generations.

If enacted, the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422) would be the single largest federal investment in preservation of historic and cultural resources for public lands in our generation, and it would provide the support necessary to ensure America’s historic places are saved for generations to come.

Contact your senators today and ask them to cosponsor and vote YES to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422).

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