June 24, 2014 – Resolution passed by US Conference of Mayors At the most recent US Conference of Mayors, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales joined with nine other mayors across the country in submitting a resolution calling for full funding and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The resolution, passed unanimously at the conference, states that the US Conference of Mayors “urges Congress to support reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at its fully funded $900 million [level]…” The resolution also urges all “Mayors to raise awareness of the need for greater public and private investment in parks and green space to create healthy, walkable and sustainable cities…” The Mayors also, “stand ready to work in partnership with the President, all members of the Administration and Congress to create healthy and vibrant urban parks and open spaces, and will work to engage the public and private leaders in this effort.” Mayor Hales has long been a champion of LWCF. Back in April, he said, “As a staunch advocate of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, I am proud to be a member of a new bipartisan coalition, Mayors for Parks, which supports reauthorization of the fund at its full level of $900 million annually.” The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts applauds the leadership of the US Conference of Mayors, in particular Portland’s Charlie Hales. Full funding and reauthorization for LWCF is one of COLT’s top federal policy priorities.
Columbia Land Trust Executive Director Glenn Lamb and The Trust for Public Land State Director Diane Daggett penned a recent editorial in the Oregonian thanking Mayor Hales for his support of LWCF, and encouraging full funding and reauthorization of the important program.
The City Parks Alliance has a good write up of the US Conference of Mayors’ resolution below: