Anza Trail Foundation Meets Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
by Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, Anza Trail Foundation Board Member
On Saturday, August 9th at South Mt. Park in Phoenix, members of three active Arizona national trail organizations (Anza Trail Foundation, Arizona Trail Association, Old Spanish Trail Association) were pleased to meet the head of the Department of the Interior, the personable Secretary Sally Jewell.
The purpose of Jewell’s week-long travel with earlier stops in North Carolina, Indiana, and New Mexico, was to highlight the positive economic impact of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) over the past fifty years.
Established in 1964, LWCF does not use taxpayer dollars but revenue from off-shore federal oil and gas leases. The benefits to communities are huge: LWCF funds enable state and local governments to establish urban trails and parks, baseball fields, community green spaces; to provide public hunting and fishing access on public lands; to protect rivers, lakes and other water resources; to expand the interpretation of historic and cultural sites; and to conserve natural landscapes for wildlife and outdoor recreation use and enjoyment, including land acquisition to complete our nation's thirty National Scenic and Historic Trails.
Secretary Jewell Meets the Anza Trail Foundation