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43 Ecology L. Currents 1 (2016)

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   Congress Must Act to Fully Fund the

   Land and Water Conservation Fund


                              Andrew  J. Lewis*


                              INTRODUCTION

     This past summer  my family celebrated my grandfather's 90th birthday by
walking  the Civil War battlefield at Chancellorsville, Virginia. The battlefield
forms a section of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park,
7600  acres of rural Virginia stitched together by twenty-three miles of trails.1
History enthusiasts wander the hallowed grounds in awe, walking over the very
terrain where  85,000 American's   were  wounded   and  15,000 died for their
convictions.2 Visitors interested more generally in outdoor recreation can lose
themselves  walking along the ten mile shore of Lake  Anna, a 3127  acre sub-
park boasting one of the most popular lakes in the Commonwealth  of Virginia.3
As  of October  2015,  1,836,626 people  had  visited the Fredericksburg and
Spotsylvania National Military Park that year to reflect on its past and glory in
its natural beauty.4 None  of it would  have been  possible without  over $3
million in support from the United States Land and  Water Conservation  Fund
(LWCF).5
     For the last fifty years, the LWCF has been a rousing policy success, but
today it is in danger. While Congress  recently granted the fund a temporary
renewal, its future and funding remain in jeopardy. This Article will discuss the
history of the LWCF,  its undeniably positive impacts, and the shortcomings of

Copyright D 2016 by Andrew J. Lewis

   *   Class of 2016, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

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    3.  Lake  Anna  State Park, V.A.  DEP'T  OF  CONSERVATION  &   RECREATION,
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/lake-anna#general information (last visited Mar. 28, 2016).
    4. Monthly Public Use Report. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP, U.S. NAT'L PARK SERV.,
https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/SSRSReports/Park%20Specific%2Reports/Monthly%2Public%2OUse?Park
=FRSP (last visited Apr. 13, 2016) (select Oct 2015 from the Rep Date drop-down menu).
    5.  Mapping  the  Land  and  Water  Conservation Fund, WILDERNESS   Soc'Y,
http://wilderness.org/mapping-land-and-water-conservation-fund-lwcf (last visited Mar. 28, 2016)
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