Just as the U.S. Congress passed budget measures that will cut spending on the EPA’s Land and Water Conservation Fund by $149m, or 33 percent, the Nature Conservancy announced its “Top Ten California Treasures.”
These treasures are California’s most iconic parks and recreation areas, but thanks to budget cuts their future will be in jeopardy.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund uses money from federal oil and gas leases to create parks, protect wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities for all Americans. In its nearly 50-year history, the program has protected almost seven million acres of parkland and natural areas across the country and more than 37,000 parks and recreation projects in America—including some of California’s most iconic and recognizable places—that are crucial for attracting tourists, funding jobs and generating tax revenue for the state.
The LWCF has been particularly important for California, which has received approximately $1.2 billion over the past four decades—double the amount received by any other state.
Keep reading to view stunning pictures of these wild places, and learn how you can help save the nation’s most important natural areas for future generations.
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