An open letter to the Senate and House on LWCF

An open letter to the Senate and House on LWCF

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Dear members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives,

As Congress works on an economic stimulus package in this time of public health emergency, the below listed local elected officials hope you will invest in our parks, public lands, and outdoor recreation in recognition of their importance to our economy, and to our communities' well-being, through full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

In the weeks and months to come, our nation’s parks, trails, and outdoor spaces will be integral to our nation's coping and recovery. Great parks and green spaces make stronger, healthier communities. Everyone deserves access to the outdoors and the countless benefits parks provide. America’s public lands bring us peace of mind and generate economic revenue - both will be critically needed to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our national, state and local parks, trails and public lands are a critical economic driver for communities big and small, urban and rural, across the nation. Across the nation, the travel and tourism industries have been taking a hit in the current crisis. Investing now in full funding for LWCF will help with a strong long-term recovery for gateway communities and states that rely on visitors to public lands. Specifically:

● America’s outdoor recreation economy supports over 7.6 million jobs, contributes over $887 billion in annual economic output, and serves as the lifeblood for countless communities across the country.

● Every dollar spent on LWCF returns $4 in economic value from natural resource goods and services alone -- over and above the economic benefit of the outdoor recreation economy and tourism.

Broadly-supported, bipartisan LWCF legislation was already in the queue for Senate floor time before coronavirus upended the calendar -- it is directly relevant, ready to go, and makes sense for Congress to include in a stimulus package if possible and appropriate.

Investing in our public lands, and providing full, permanent funding for LWCF is a low-cost economic stimulus that will pay big dividends for communities across America. Please include full and permanent LWCF funding in the stimulus package.

Chairwoman Liz Archuleta, Board of Supervisors, Coconino County

Vice Mayor Adam Shimoni, City of Flagstaff

Mayor Stephanie Irwin, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside

San Xavier District Chair Austin Nunez, Tohono O'odham Nation

And 100+ more mayors, councilmembers and others from the West. For a full list, see azdailysun.com.

Mayor Rick Herrick, City of Big Bear Lake, California

Mayor Pro-Tem Randall Putz, City of Big Bear Lake, California

Council Member David Caretto, City of Big Bear Lake, California

Council Member Bob Jackowski, City of Big Bear Lake, California

Council Member Bill Jahn, City of Big Bear Lake, California

City Councilor John Wentworth, Town of Mammoth Lakes, California

Mayor Jason Collin, City of South Lake Tahoe, California

City Councilmember Devin Middlebrook, City of South Lake Tahoe, California

Mayor Torre, City of Aspen, Colorado

City Councilor Ann Mullins, City of Aspen, Colorado

City Councilor Rachael Richards, City of Aspen, Colorado

Mayor Pro Tem Ward Hauenstein, City of Aspen, Colorado

City Councilor Skippy Mesirow, City of Aspen, Colorado

City Councilor Juan Marcano, City of Aurora, Colorado

Mayor Sarah Smith Hymes, Town of Avon, Colorado

Mayor Pro Tem Amy Phillips, Town of Avon, Colorado

Council Member, Jennie Fancher, Town of Avon, Colorado

Council Member, Scott Prince, Town of Avon, Colorado

Council Member, Chico Thuon, Town of Avon, Colorado

Council Member, Tamra Underwood, Town of Avon, Colorado

Council Member, Jake Wolf, Town of Avon, Colorado

Councillor William Infante, Town of Basalt, Colorado

Mayor Sam Weaver, City of Boulder, Colorado

County Commissioner, Elise Jones, Boulder County, Colorado

Mayor Dan Richardson, City of Carbondale, Colorado

Board Chair Holy Cross Energy, Dave Munk, Carbondale, Colorado

County Commissioner Keith Baker, Chaffee County, Colorado

County Commissioner George Marlin, Clear Creek County. Colorado

County Commissioner Randy Wheelock, Clear Creek County. Colorado

Mayor Dean Brookie, City of Durango, Colorado

Chief County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, Eagle County, Colorado

County Commissioner Matt Scherr, Eagle County, Colorado

County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney, Eagle County, Colorado

Mayor Hunter Mortensen, Town of Frisco, Colorado

Mayor Pro Tem Jessica Burley, Town of Frisco, Colorado

Councilmember Melissa Sherburne, Town of Frisco, Colorado

Councilmember Rick Ihnken, Town of Frisco, Colorado

Councilmember Andrew Aerenson, Town of Frisco, Colorado

Councilmember Andy Held, Town of Frisco, Colorado

Councilmember Dan Fallon, Town of Frisco, Colorado

Former City Councilor Bennett Boeschenstein. City of Grand Junction, Colorado

County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, La Plata County, Colorado

County Commissioner John Kefalas, Larimer County, Colorado

Mayor Brian Bagley, City of Longmont, Colorado

City Councilor Aren Rodriguez, City of Longmont, Colorado

City Councilor Joan Peck, City of Longmont, Colorado

City Councilor Marcia Martin, City of Longmont, Colorado

City Councilor Polly Christensen, City of Longmont, Colorado

City Councilor Susie Hidalgo-Fahring, City of Longmont, Colorado

City Councilor Tim Waters, City of Longmont, Colorado

Trustee Wendy Miller, Town of Lyons, Colorado

Mayor Pro Tem Lauren Koelliker, Town of Mt Crested Butte, Colorado

Councilman Patrick Berry, Town of Mountain Village, Colorado

Mayor Corinne Platt, Town of Ophir, Colorado

Councilor Peggy Lindsey, Town of Ouray, Colorado

County Commissioner Kelly McNicholas Kury, Pitkin County, Colorado

County Commissioner Greg Poschman, Pitkin County, Colorado

Mayor John Clark, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

Mayor Pro-Tem Eric Johnson, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

Councilor Tessa Cheek, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

Councilor Kevin Grambley, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

Councilor Beth Lakin, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

Councilor Russ Meyer, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

Councilor Terry Schuyler, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

Former Town Councilor Ninah Hunter, Town of Ridgway, Colorado

County Commissioner, District Two, Lance Waring San Miguel County, Colorado

County Commissioner Hilary Cooper, San Miguel County, Colorado

County Commissioner Kris Holstrom, San Miguel County, Colorado

Councilperson Sonja Macys, Town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado

County Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence, Summit County, Colorado

County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County, Colorado

Mayor DeLanie Young, Town of Telluride, Colorado

Mayor Pro Tem Todd Brown, Town of Telluride, Colorado

Councilperson Adrienne Christy, Town of Telluride, Colorado

Councilperson Travis Coggin, Town of Vail, Colorado

Councilperson Kim Langmaid, Town of Vail, Colorado

County Commissioner Angenie McCleary, Blaine County, Idaho

County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg, Blaine County. Idaho

County Commissioner Tom Lamar, Latah County, Idaho

Mayor Hyrum Johnson, City of Driggs, Idaho

Mayor Shelby Rognstad, City of Sandpoint, Idaho

County Commissioner Cindy Riegel, Teton County, Idaho

Mayor Chris Mehl, City of Bozeman, Montana

County Commissioner Juanita Vero, Missoula County, Montana

County Commissioner David Strohmaier, Missoula County, Montana

County Commissioner Josh Slotnick, Missoula County, Montana

Mayor Hillary Schieve, City of Reno, Nevada

City Councilor Devon Reese, City of Reno, Nevada

Chair Amber Torres, Walker River Paiute Tribe, Nevada

City Commissioner Mark Lewis, City of Aztec, New Mexico

Mayor Victor Snover, City of Aztec, New Mexico

City Councilor Gill Sorg, City of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Commissioner Anna Hansen, Santa Fe County District 2, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Councilwoman Renee Villarreal, City of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Evans Town of Taos, New Mexico

City Councilor Rich Rosenthal, City of Ashland, Oregon

City Councilor Tonya Graham, City of Ashland, Oregon

City Councilor Barb Campbell, City of Bend, Oregon

City Councillor Ward 6, Greg Evans, City of Eugene, Oregon

Mayor Emily Niehaus, City of Moab, Utah

City Councilor Karen Guzman-Newton, City of Moab, Utah

City Councilor Rani Derasary, City of Moab, Utah

City Councilor Kalen Jones, City of Moab, Utah

Mayor Sally Ranzau, Town of Winthrop, Washington

County Commissioner Pete Gosar, Albany County, Wyoming

City Councilor Pete Laybourn, City of Cheyenne, Wyoming

Mayor Pete Muldoon, Town of Jackson, Wyoming

Town Councilman Jim Stanford, Town of Jackson, Wyoming

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