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50th Anniversary Report of LWCF
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the federal program to conserve irreplaceable lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation. The program works in partnership with state and local efforts to acquire and protect inholdings and expansions in our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, and BLM areas. LWCF grants to states support the acquisition and development of state and local parks and recreational facilities. But the program has been chronically underfunded leading to a number of missed opportunities for investing in important areas.
Now, a broad-based coalition of conservation, recreation, environment, business, historic and cultural organizations as well as many others are working together to secure full and dedicated funding of the LWCF. At the congressionally authorized level of $900 million annually, we can help preserve natural areas, historical sites, wildlife habitat, and ensure that all Americans have access to quality outdoor recreation.