Portland Mayor Supports Full LWCF Funding

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.

Mayor Hales and his wife Nancy Hales with student volunteers at Oaks Bottom Park

Mayor Hales and his wife Nancy Hales with student volunteers at Oaks Bottom Park

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:

CPA Praises Mayors for Passage of New Resolution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Dallas, TX – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today approved a new resolution that supports reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The resolution passed unanimously at the USCM annual meeting in Dallas, TX. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, co-chair of the Mayors for Parks coalition, presented the resolution.

Catherine Nagel, City Parks Alliance’s Executive Director, praised the mayors for their full support of the resolution. “The approval of the resolution by mayors demonstrates the broad support LWCF enjoys across the country. Mayors know the critical role that parks play in improving the health and vitality of their cities and surrounding regions and understand that LWCF is an important source of funding to protect and enhance urban green space.” The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a vital source of funding for local governments to create and protect green spaces in urban and metropolitan areas. The LWCF is set to expire on September 30, 2015. President Obama recently called on Congress to fully fund the legislation as part of the 2015 budget, and the mayors’ resolution joined the president and other supporters, including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, in speaking out strongly in support of reauthorizing the LWCF. Mayors for Parks, a project of City Parks Alliance, was launched in December 2013. The bipartisan coalition supports reauthorization and full funding of LWCF. The full text of the Conference of Mayors resolution can be found here: http://bit.ly/1pEEFJ