Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is supported through royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas and helps pay for the acquisition of new hunting and fishing areas, expansion of public access, and improvements to fish and wildlife habitat.
Systematic underfunding by Congress has forced the federal agencies in charge of conservation to virtually halt active management, as available funds go to dealing with the crisis of the day, from wildfire to vandalism.
Public Land Transfer
Efforts are afoot to wrest public lands from the federal government and put them under state ownership. This would result in one likely outcome: the fire sale of these lands to the highest bidder.
Recreational Saltwater Fishing
Recreational fishermen drive spending in coastal communities, but recreational fisheries are not currently managed for their unique values. We need alternatives to traditional federal policies designed to manage commercial fishing.