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Land and Water Conservation Fund

Land and Water Conservation Fund




Land and Water Conservation FundGoalsHow it WorksFundingKey Supporters

…local parks and open spaces are as significant to communities as national parks to the nationFran MainellaNPS Director

LWCF Program GoalsState and local:-park development -recreation facility development -open space acquisitionStatewide recreation planning

“to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States…”- Public Law 88-578

How it Works…1 fund, 2 programsFederal Side: land acquisition for BLM, NPS, USFS, and USFWSState Side: matching grants to statesfor statewide recreation planning, acquisition and development

State Matching Grant ProgramAcquire land for parks and recreationBuild or improve recreation facilities Promote statewide recreation planning

Funds allocated to States proportionally

States select projects based on SCORP

Protection in perpetuity —Section 6(f)(3)

LWCF: 3 Key Provisions

SCORP: achieving statewide goals

…one project at a time

Statewide goals for outdoor recreation

Criteria for project selection

Select individual projects

Land and Water is Everywhere40 years…40,000 Projects1400 parks since 20002.5 million acres totalAlmost every county in the US $3.4 billion granted/$3.4 billion matched$6.8 billion total investment

Supporting Local Recreation“I got my first hit at a park supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”

Supporting Local RecreationFund UsesSports and PlayfieldsTrails and BikepathsFishing and Hunting Boating / Swimming facilitiesCamping facilities …and more!

Supporting Local Recreation…More Uses Community GardensAccessibility Improvements Winter Sports facilitiesPark Support facilitiesMany other eligible uses

Supporting Local RecreationIneligible Fund Uses Primarily tourist or specator-oriented Professional sports facilities Indoor recreation facilitiesCommercial entertainment

Accessing FundingContact State Liaison OfficerArrange for funding matchCreate local awareness


Key National SupportersAmericans for Our Heritage and Recreation ( Recreation and Park Association (

Land and Water Conservation FundRecent Funding History$40 million2000$89 million2001$140 million2002$94 million2003$91 million2004…strongly supported by President Bush.


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