Nothing can match the great outdoors

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was reauthorized earlier this year with bipartisan support — but that isn’t enough to protect the outdoor places we all know and love. Without full funding for the program, protections and investments in our nation’s public lands and access to outdoor spaces will continue to lag behind.

LWCF is an important tool for upholding family outdoor traditions, improving access to public lands, protecting historic battlefields and America’s heritage, fostering recreation and recovery in the outdoors, and creating places for kids to be more active.

Veterans place a great deal of value in being outdoors and believe that we need to protect our national public lands because they provide families with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The work we do now to protect the lands and water we enjoy will protect them for future generations to come. Our parents and grandparents made it possible for Americans to enjoy such a strong outdoor heritage, and LWCF plays a critical role in protecting our access to the outdoor places we love.

When many veterans like me return home, they turn to the outdoors to heal and reconnect with family and communities. It is critical that Rep. Tom Emmer acts now to ensure LWCF has the full and permanent funding it deserves. For too long, this successful program has been underfunded and America’s public lands and communities have suffered the consequences.

Nothing can match the great outdoors for pleasure. — Ed Peterson, Elk River

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