The senator appears in Seneca Falls to argue for the authorization and funding

SENECA FALLS — U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Monday appeared at the Women's Rights National HistoricAL Park and called on Congress to immediately reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The fund supports major Finger Lakes tourism attractions such as the women's rights park and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

Schumer said the LWCF provides critical funding that protects natural areas, water resources, and historical sites across the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, but expired last October threatening future planned projects. In addition, Schumer said jeopardizing these funds threatens both conservation and recreation projects that help support the outdoor recreation economy in communities across the Finger Lakes.

The Senate last week permanently reauthorized the LWCF in the 2019 Lands Package by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 92-8, Schumer said, urging the House of Representatives to take up and pass the Senate version of the Lands Package as soon as possible. Additionally, Schumer urged his colleagues in Congress to fully fund the LWCF in upcoming appropriations bills.