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The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has almost certainly funded something that you personally enjoy -- whether maintenance of a hiking trail or access to a favorite hunting or camping spot. In Arizona, LWCF invested more than $243 million over the past five decades in Arizona and supported more than 30 projects to improve public lands in the state, which include improvements to all three of Arizona’s national parks, including Grand Canyon. LWCF has also been used to fund major improvements to several Flagstaff parks and the city’s ice rink. However, the Trump administration is actively working defund LWCF.

Arizonans understand what is at stake and Congress should too. Our public lands are vital to our economy and outdoor recreation is a major contributor to our quality of life. U.S. Representative O’Halleran must protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund and fight for the full and permanent funding it deserves.

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JOHN HAMILL

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