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

WASHINGTON DC –(ENEWSPF)–July 19, 2011.  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

Source: doi.gov