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The LWCF Program provides matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities (as well as funding for shared federal land acquisition and conservation strategies). The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high quality recreation areas and facilities and to stimulate non-federal investments in the protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States.

Secretary Jewell Announces $43 Million to States for Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land Water Conservation Fund

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, co-chair of the bipartisan coalition of Mayors for Parks, to announce $43.38 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

See the press release and the 2014 State Allocations along with the Total LWCF Allocations to each state since 1965.

National Park Service Announces the Availability of $3 Million in Grants for Outdoor Recreation in Cities

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the availability of $3 million in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for a new "Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership” program. See the full press release HERE.

NPS and SORP Recognize the State of Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Planning

Four men and SCORP Award

The National Park Service and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) recently recognized the State of Wisconsin and its “Outdoor Recreation in Wisconsin” plan with the SCORP Excellence Award which recognizes a state’s exceptional efforts in outdoor recreation planning.

Click HERE to read more.

SAVE THE DATE: April 7-12th, 2013 in Denver, Colorado

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LWCF Save the Date

National Land and Water Conservation Fund State Grant Program Training: April 7th through the 11th.

NASORLO/NASPD will sponsor the LWCF Summit April 11th through the 12th.

Check back soon for more information and registration.

2012 Land and Water Conservation Fund Annual Report

"Funding and Protecting Parks Where You Live"

LWCF Annual Report

NPS is pleased to release the 2012 Annual Report for the Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program. This report highlights many of the Program's accomplishments from last year. In partnership with State and local governments, NPS has provided the American public with new and enhanced outdoor recreation areas in communities across the United States. The 338 parks and recreation areas funded by LWCF in Fiscal Year 2012 will help satisfy some of the significant national demand that exists for recreation facility development and parkland acquisition, which is also described in this report.

You may download a pdf version of the annual report here. Printed copies of the report are also available from our regional LWCF program offices in Atlanta, Omaha, Philadelphia, and Seattle, or the national program office in Washington, DC (




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