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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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Summary of Land and Water Conservation Fund: FY2016 Budget Request

FY 2016 Budget Map

Interactive LWCF Map

FY 2016 Budget Map
LWCF Interactive Map 


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This Week at Interior May 22, 2015

FRI, MAY 22, 2015, 05:20 PM EST

A major announcement on strategies to fight wildfires on sagebrush landscapes and rangelands; nearly $50m water projects to fight drought in California and eleven other states; a proposal to remove an iconic animal from the Endangered Species List; more. Watch Video >

View from the shore looking out at trees and a river at Douglas Point in Maryland

Secretary Jewell, Congressman Hoyer Call for Full Funding of Landmark Recreation, Conservation Program at Maryland’s Douglas Point

FRI, MAY 22, 2015, 08:52 AM EST

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer joined together today to call on Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the historic Chiles Homesite at Douglas Point. Read More >


This Week at Interior April 24, 2015

FRI, APRIL 24, 2015, 05:09 PM EST

President Obama and Secretary Jewell mark Earth Day 2015 with a visit to Florida's Everglades; a multi-agency initiative to fight climate change's effects; the results of the first-ever carbon storage assessment in national parks; more. Watch Video >