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Salazar Announces $37.4 Million for State and Local Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Projects


Posted Date: 
July 19, 2011
Contact: 
Kate Kelly, DOI & David Barna, NPS

WASHINGTON DC - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $37.4 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in state grants to establish and renovate parks and open spaces throughout the 50 States, the Territories and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year 2011. LWCF state grant funds are awarded through Federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public outdoor recreation.

“Outdoor recreation and conservation are engines for our nation’s economy, creating jobs and infusing hundreds of millions of dollars into local communities and businesses through activities like hunting and fishing and tourism,” Secretary Salazar said. “LWCF state grants leverage public-private partnerships to support locally-driven conservation efforts, which is at the heart of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative."

The funds will enable State and local governments to establish urban parks and community green spaces; to restore and provide public access to rivers, lakes and other water resources; and to conserve natural landscapes for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment.

The National Park Service administers the Land and Water Conservation Fund state grant program. NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said, "The Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program is the only federal funding source solely dedicated to establishing and providing perpetual protection for a nationwide legacy of local public parks, conservation and recreation areas."

The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations, and to provide money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans. The primary source of revenue for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is from Federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. 

In addition to state grants, the LWCF funds other programs that support a strong national outdoor recreation and conservation economy, including programs that: strengthen conservation and recreation in national parks, forests and refuges; fund cooperative forest conservation in partnership with states and private landowners; and enable voluntary conservation activities on working farms, ranches and forests to protect wildlife, watersheds, and rural livelihoods. 

Since the inception of the Fund, over $3.8 billion have been made available to State and local governments and approximately 41,000 projects have been funded throughout the nation. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/lwcf.

The allocation for each State and Territory is determined based on a formula set in the LWCF Act. A State-by-State listing of the 2011 apportionment follows.

THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND
FY2011 REGULAR APPORTIONMENT TO THE “STATES” OF $37,125,600
INCLUDING THE $297,994 SUPPLEMENTAL APPORTIONMENT
PURSUANT TO THE GULF OF MEXICO
ENERGY SECURITY ACT (GOMESA)

State

Total   

State

Total

Alabama

$585,504

New Hampshire

$376,442

Alaska

$338,982

New Jersey

$997,324

Arizona  

$744,061

New Mexico

$433,976

Arkansas

$466,696

New York

$1,801,087

California

$3,195,417

North Carolina

$872,763

Colorado

$651,599

North Dakota

$335,072

Connecticut

$567,831

Ohio

$1,137,041

Delaware

$356,311

Oklahoma

$538,285

Florida

$1,666,223

Oregon

$562,661

Georgia

$927,888

Pennsylvania

$1,212,230

Hawaii

$396,413

Rhode Island

$377,785

Idaho

$391,673

South Carolina

$578,080

Illinois

$1,287,580

South Dakota

$341,739

Indiana

$736,608

Tennessee

$698,189

Iowa

$490,133

Texas  

$2,037,399

Kansas

$489,724

Utah

$488,956

Kentucky

$559,338

Vermont

$327,198

Louisiana  

$614,847

Virginia

$833,413

Maine

$366,126

Washington

$771,042

Maryland

$723,598

West Virginia

$400,602

Massachusetts  

$812,191   

Wisconsin

$676,683

Michigan

$1,011,047

Wyoming

$329,322

Minnesota

$654,447

District of Columbia

$86,955

Mississippi

$467,714   

Puerto Rico

$541,028

Missouri

$698,272

Virgin Islands

$50,087

Montana

$352,746

Guam

$50,109

Nebraska

$417,314

American Samoa

$50,046

Nevada

$479,748   

Northern Marianas

$50,049

   

Totals

$37,405,594

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Kate Kelly | (202) 208-6416 | David Barna | (202) 208-6843