Gardner Touts Importance of LWCF at Bipartisan Press Conference

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), spoke at a Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) press conference on Wednesday about the importance of funding this conservation and recreation program. Gardner, along with six of his colleagues, promoted the 100-day campaign to make the LWCF program permanent. Gardner has been a leader on this bipartisan effort in Congress and will continue to ensure the work of the LWCF that has been happening for over half a century continues.

Gardner has previously stated the importance of the LWCF by expressing, “Colorado’s beautiful public lands rely on the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Congress needs to ensure it remains in place for years to come. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that we do what is right and permanently reauthorize this vital outdoors conservation program.”

LWCF Press Conference 6/20

To view Gardner’s remarks from Wednesday, click here.


Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Well thanks everyone, I think there was a very important question asked that deserves an answer, does LWCF cost the tax payer any money, and the answer is no-that’s exactly right, that’s why we’re here to celebrate the crown jewel of conservation programs, LWCF. 

In Colorado were proud of our fourteeners, were proud of our forests, were proud of our national parks, were proud of the opportunities we have to get our next generation and our current generation into the great outdoors.

Now Senator Shaheen and I were proud sponsors of the outdoor rec act. It talks about how many dollars are brought to states across this great country in terms of spending on outdoor recreation activities equipment supplies all to the benefit of our economy and our communities. 

It was 1893 when Katharine Lee Bates climbed up Pikes Peak and she looked out across our great plains and she looked over the mountains and wrote the words to America the Beautiful.

And she looked at our purple mountain majesties and it’s because of LWCF programs that generations of Americans to come will be able to enjoy to preserve to conserve those purple mountain majesties for generations to come.

It’s great to be here to support permanent authorization, full funding of the LWCF to be with this coalition, to be with our partners from coast to coast and around the country to make sure we get this job done.

So thank you all, and again, the answer is no tax payer funding going to LWCF, it costs nothing.

Thank you.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.