This session builds on the success of land trusts’ advocacy for full permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), to explore new opportunities for partnership using this critical program for conservation that meets the current moment of climate crisis and persistent disparities in access to nature for underserved communities. We will present new pathways for collaborative projects using full permanent funding of LWCF opened up by the Biden Administration’s efforts to advance its America the Beautiful initiative, and examples of how LWCF advances climate and equity goals. The America the Beautiful initiative recognizes what we in the conservation community have long known: land is our greatest asset in the fight against climate change. The Administration is committed to natural climate solutions and to equitable access to nature, using the tools in the LWCF toolbox. This is evidenced by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 which committed an additional $750M to the LWCF-funded Forest Legacy Program and by the largest-ever grant round for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program announced by the Administration with key changes to empower greater partnership with diverse communities. We will present models for success using the LWCF toolbox to increase landscape connectivity, keep forests as forests for carbon sequestration and water storage/quality, partner with Tribal communities and provide more and better quality parks that increase climate resilience in places that have been left underserved.