Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor Recreation through Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.

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“The Land and Water Conservation Fund state grant program has been a resounding success that makes physical investments in our communities,” Secretary Zinke said. “From Detroit, Michigan, to Lake Tahoe, California, the program benefits citizens across the nation by helping state and local governments make infrastructure investments in urban, suburban, and rural parks. By advancing the Administration’s offshore energy goals, we will be able to generate more revenue for the fund to improve conservation and recreation opportunities for generations to come.”

“I have long supported the Land and Water Conservation Fund and I’m very pleased to see Secretary Zinke’s announcement today, including $2.3 million for North Carolina parks and outdoor recreation,” said Senator Richard Burr.  “The LWCF, which is funded through oil and gas royalties from federal lands at no cost to the taxpayer, has a proven track record of conserving our parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitats for the benefit of future generations. I’m pleased to see Secretary Zinke’s commitment to the program, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to permanently reauthorize it going forward.”

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has played a large role in protecting Tennessee’s outdoors for over 50 years – providing morethan $200 million to conservation and outdoor recreation efforts in our state,” said Senator Lamar Alexander. “Today’s announcement that Tennessee will receive more than $1.7 million from LWCF is good news as it will help continue to preserve our state’s beautiful land, water resources, and recreation areas so future generations have the same opportunities to enjoy them as we have.”

The LWCF was established by Congress in 1965 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations. The funds enable state and local governments to improve existing parks and other recreation areas in their communities through rehabilitation and upgrade projects. These funds are also used to develop and expand parks, trail systems, and recreation opportunities.

“As leading providers of parks and natural areas for outdoor recreation, counties welcome the Department of the Interior’s investments in local communities through the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said National Association of Counties Executive Director Matthew Chase. “These matching grants help counties maintain open spaces that contribute to vibrant communities across the country.”

“Having access to a local park is part of what makes a city a great place to live, work and play,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “The Land and Water Conservation Fund plays an invaluable role in helping cities create and improve parks, open space and outdoor recreation opportunities. The fund also protects our wetlands, refuges and wildlife habitats and helps cities build stronger, healthier and more resilient communities.”

Since the inception of the LWCF, more than $4.1 billion has been made available to state and local governments to fund more than 42,000 projects throughout the nation.

The allocation for the State and Local Assistance grant (stateside) program is determined based on a formula set in the LWCF Act and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/lwcf.

Fiscal Year 2017 Total Apportionments by State

State Total
Alabama $1,485,537
Alaska $856,021
American Samoa $75,045
Arizona $1,955,704
Arkansas $1,185,377
California $8,039,803
Colorado $1,675,999
Connecticut $1,412,404
Delaware $904,007
District of Columbia $216,316
Florida $4,344,730
Georgia $2,423,952
Guam $75,130
Hawaii $1,001,668
Idaho $1,004,400
Illinois $3,161,744
Indiana $1,848,043
Iowa $1,231,917
Kansas $1,232,965
Kentucky $1,413,654
Louisiana $1,518,372
Maine $916,888
Maryland $1,821,280
Massachusetts $2,001,040
Michigan $2,452,546
Minnesota $1,651,236
Mississippi $1,170,758
Missouri $1,750,089
Montana $890,619
Nebraska $1,053,285
Nevada $1,266,598
New Hampshire $946,963
New Jersey $2,459,834
New Mexico $1,103,088
New York $4,384,480
North Carolina $2,302,357
North Dakota $845,281
Northern Mariana Islands $75,044
Ohio $2,782,023
Oklahoma $1,355,104
Oregon $1,431,138
Pennsylvania $2,998,766
Puerto Rico $1,308,821
Rhode Island $941,005
South Carolina $1,498,911
South Dakota $864,573
Tennessee $1,781,823
Texas $5,380,583
Utah $1,267,859
Virgin Islands $75,087
Vermont $823,321
Virginia $2,134,167
Washington $1,975,912
West Virginia $1,007,593
Wisconsin $1,697,363
Wyoming $831,216
Total $94,309,439

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The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation’s principal conservation agency. Interior is a large, decentralized agency with over 67,000 employees and 180,000 volunteers located at approximately 2,400 operating locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states.

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U.S. Department of the Interior
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Washington, DC 20240

Phone: 202-208-3100

Frank Quimby, DOI, (202) 208-6416
Nicholas Pardi, (202) 208-3985

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