West Virginia Counts on the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Established in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) uses revenue generated from federal oil and gas leases on our public land to support thousands of conservation projects across the nation. For two generations it has been the most powerful and reliable source of funding for America’s public lands.

At the federal level, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is the primary mechanism to purchase inholdings, easements, and mineral rights to conserve and improve access to public land. States receive grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire, build, and maintain parks and other recreational facilities like swimming pools, ballfields, picnic shelters, and playgrounds. LWCF also supports our state parks and hunting and fishing access on wildlife management areas.

Unfortunately, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire on September 30, 2018. We need strong leadership from our elected officials in Washington to ensure this vital fund is renewed and that it receives its full share from Congress each year. West Virginia’s public lands count on LWCF!  Let West Virginia’s congressional delegation know you want a strong LWCF, send a letter today.

West Virginia has received nearly $240 million from LWCF for over 500 projects in 54 of our 55 counties.

LWCF for Federal Public Land: $184 million
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Gauley River National Recreation Area
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Monongahela National Forest
New River Gorge National River
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Spruce Knob – Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area

LWCF for WV State Parks: $8 million
Supports campgrounds, lodges, and recreation facilities in
26 state parks, including Watoga and Blackwater Falls.

LWCF for Civil War Battlefields: $4 million
Protects “at-risk” sites in the Eastern Panhandle like Shepherdstown Battlefield on the Potomac River.

LWCF for County and City Parks: $35 million
Enhances trails, playgrounds, ballfields, swimming pools, picnic shelters, handicapped access, & more.

LWCF for Hunting, Fishing, & Wildlife: $6.4 million
Provides access and improvements to 10 Wildlife Management Areas – including the new Cheat Canyon WMA, the French Creek Wildlife Center, and habitat on USFS Forest Legacy lands.

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