Wed Sep 11, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Acknowledging the dire need for ongoing investments in maintenance and repairs of public lands, the Interior Department will disburse more than $170.6 million to outdoor recreation and conservation projects in 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said the money is from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and will go to projects identified by the states “to maximize access by opening up landlocked public lands.”
“A small investment in a little strip of land can open up thousands of acres to outdoor recreation enthusiasts,” Bernhardt said.
The LWCF is a non-taxpayer fund established by Congress in 1964 to “ensure public 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.
LWCF is funded by revenue generated from offshore oil and gas leases, the majority of which are in the Gulf of Mexico. Since it was established 55 years ago, the LWCF has made more than $4.4 billion available to state and local governments and funded more than 43,000 projects throughout the nation.
Funds are used to conserve outdoor recreation areas for public use. State and local governments use the money to improve parks and other recreation areas in their communities.
Rehabilitating and upgrading existing parks, creating new parks in places that have none and developing and expanding trail systems to link communities together and create recreation opportunities, “has been proven to increase the public’s physical, cultural, and spiritual well-being,” National Park Service Deputy Director for Operations David Vela said.
A state-by-state list of funds allocated is available on the DoI website here.