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



07/19/2011

Contact: Kate Kelly, DOI (202) 208-6416
David Barna, NPS (202) 208-6843

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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