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Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Federal program supports the protection of federal public lands and waters – including national parks, forestswildlife refuges and recreation areas – and voluntary conservation on private land. LWCF investments secure public access, improve recreational opportunities and preserve ecosystem benefits for local communities.

The LWCF State Grants program provides matching grants to state and tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public parks and other outdoor recreation sites. Grants have funded projects in every county in the country, over 40,000 projects since 1965. Number of projects = 41,999. Funding provided = $3.9 billion.

The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund grants provide funds to states and territories to work with private landowners, conservation organizations and other partners to protect and conserve the habitat of threatened and endangered species. Number of grants = 246. Funding provided = $394 million.

The Forest Legacy Program provides grants through state partners to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands while maintaining private ownership and working forests. Total acres protected = 2.37 million. Funding provided =$1.4 billion.

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This Year at Interior 2014

FRI, DECEMBER 19, 2014, 11:28 AM EST

A look back at the top stories of 2014 from This Week at Interior. Watch Video >


This Week at Interior November 21, 2014

FRI, NOVEMBER 21, 2014, 11:24 AM EST

A new study shows the polar bear population in the south Beaufort Sea took a steep decline in the early 2000s; Secretary Jewell announces the first ever right of way grant for offshore wind energy transmission in federal waters; more. Watch Video >

Secretary Sally Jewell

Secretary Jewell Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Conservation Laws

WED, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014, 04:41 PM EST

BASKING RIDGE, NJ. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today celebrated the 50th Anniversary of two landmark conservation laws - The Wilderness Act and The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act - at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Read More >