Department Of Interior
|Office of the Secretary
|For Imediate Release: May 1, 2003
| WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary
Gale A. Norton today announced funding grants of more than $94 million from
the Land and Water Conservation Fund for FiscalYear 2003. The LWCF grants
provide assistance to the 50 states, the territories and the District of
Columbia for enhancing parks and other recreational opportunities.
The state grant program is
a cornerstone of Secretary Norton's commitment to involve state governments
in conservation planning activities. The states are responsible for analyzing
their recreational needs and setting priorities for funding, supervising
the selection of projects, and the work, ensuring compliance with federal
The Land and Water Conservation Fund was created by Congress in 1964 and is managed by the National Park Service. 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. It provides matching grants to state and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The LWCF is primarily funded by the collection of royalty receipts from oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Since 1965, more than $3.4 billion have been made available to state and local governments to invest in and improve over 39,000 outdoor and recreational projects. States and local municipalities have matched this amount, thereby doubling the investment to a total of $6.8 billion. Of the total number of projects, approximately 10,000 have helped states and local communities to acquire more than 2.5 million acres of additional parkland.
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Fiscal Year 2003
New Hampshire $954,476
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