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New Ad Pushes Washington Rep. Newhouse to Protect Vital Land and Water Conservation Program

TV Ad Targeting Newhouse Is Part of Series Urging Congress to Act as Utah Rep. Rob Bishop Attempts to Weaken Popular Program

Category: Investment, Water


November 12, 2015 (www.waternewswire.com) Today, the Western Values Project released a new television advertisement calling on Rep. Dan Newhouse to safeguard the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a 50-year-old federal program that Congress allowed to lapse in September. The ad urges Newhouse to stand up to House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), who is using his power to block LWCF's reauthorization and is now proposing "reform" legislation that would, in effect, gut the program.

The new ad is part of a six-figure ad campaign that includes a national television spot that aired during Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, as well as separate ads targeting Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), who serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources along with Newhouse. The ad targeting Newhouse will run in his district leading up to a November 18 committee hearing on Bishop's proposed changes to the LWCF.

View the TV ad here: https://youtu.be/LVzJqKw1qAM

The LWCF has received broad bipartisan support during its 50-year history and proven to be one of the most effective tools in supporting recreational opportunities for families – ranging from national parks to local hiking trails to ballparks, and supports a multi-billion dollar outdoor economy. The Fund has provided roughly $17 billion for conservation projects in every state, including for national parks, forests, wetlands, and local parks and playgrounds. In Washington state, the LWCF has provided more than $630 million in funding over the past five decades, protecting such places as Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park.

"Our country's parks and recreation areas are national treasures that should not be subject to hijacking by a single, rogue Member of Congress out of Utah," said Chris Saeger, Director of Western Values Project. "The Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves full funding and permanent reauthorization – not gamesmanship that will jeopardize future generations' access to some of Washington's and our country's most beloved natural resources."

Voiceover script from the 30-second ad:

"For 50 years, the gridlock of Washington, D.C. hasn't been seen here. Now, one Utah Congressman, backed by Big Oil, is putting up roadblocks…To end funding for thousands of parks, playgrounds and trails in every state…By blocking renewal of the bipartisan Land and Water Fund, which uses no taxpayer money and helped protect Mount Rainier. Tell Dan Newhouse to get Washington, D.C. politicians out of our way and restore the Land and Water Fund."

To speak with the Western Values Project about the Land and Water Conservation Fund, contact Alec Saslow (720-319-4948, alec@fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Madison Donzis (210.488.6220, madison@fitzgibbonmedia.com).

Western Values Project gives voice to Western values in the national conversation about energy and development and public lands conservation. Learn more at www.westernvaluesproject.org.

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Published at Water Newswire 2011