Meadows Foundation Award TLCV-EF Grant for Parks Campaign

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AUSTIN, TX (Dec. 3, 2012)—The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund (TLCV-EF) today announced it has received a $50,000 grant from The Meadows Foundation to support a TLCV-EF educational campaign in support of Texas’ parks system.   TLCV-EF’s statewide campaign will work to educate citizens across Texas about the crisis facing our parks system and promote positive, viable policy solutions.

“During the last legislative session, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department budget was cut by nearly 28 percent, forcing Texas parks to eliminate popular programs and lay off nearly 170 employees,” said TLCV-EF Executive Director David Weinberg.  “If funding is not increased, the Parks Department anticipates closure of up to 20 state parks and one regional office.”

“With the generous support of The Meadows Foundation, we will be able to drive early momentum in our effort to educate our Texans about the importance of adequately funding our parks system and viable solutions to meet the needs of our state parks and natural spaces,” Weinberg added.

Since 1999, TLCV-EF has worked diligently to educate Texans on and advocate for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, opens spaces, and wildlife habitat.

The TLCV-EF parks campaign seeks to educate the public about the implications of the 2012-2013 budget shortfall, its impact on our parks system and smart public policy solutions that can help solve the crisis.

The Sporting Goods Sales Tax is one way to pay for our state parks and parks programs. Approved by the Texas Legislature in 1993, the Sporting Goods Sales Tax represents a small portion of the sales tax on outdoor recreation and fitness equipment.  TLCV-EF pointed to the fact that during the last legislative session, only $52 million of the $250 million in sporting goods sales tax revenue was allocated to our state parks.  The campaign will focus educating Texans about use of the Sporting Goods Sales Tax to fund the state parks system.

“The Meadows Foundation $50,000 grant is a terrific start to helping us work to protect our 93 state parks for Texans and our visitors,” Weinberg said.  “We appreciate their generous support and look forward to a successful partnership.”

Since its inception, The Meadows Foundation has disbursed in excess of $760 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to more than 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies.  Founded in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows, The Foundation looks for programs and services that employ imaginative, innovative ways to solve community problems.

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The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates Texans on and advocates for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, opens spaces, and wildlife habitat..  Find us online at http://www.tlcvef.org and follow us on Twitter @tlcvef.

Media contact: David Weinberg, (512) 477-4424

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