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Land & Water Conservation Fund

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, July 1, 2015/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment

The Land and Water Conservation Fund LWCF  ) is a little known federal program designed to conserve lands and improve recreation opportunities nationwide. Established in 1965, the Fund was created by the US Congress and is funded by collecting fees from mineral extraction leases. It works in partnership with state and local organizations to acquire and protect national parklands, wildlife refuges, forests, and hiking trails, as well as other areas of conservation and recreational value. If not renewed by Congress, the LWCF will expire in less than 3 months after 50 years of supporting important conservation efforts.
                                                  
    

Projects supported by the Fund involve collaborative partners to garner financial support for local conservation and restoration projects. An important player in this process has been The Conservation Alliance ( TCA ) via their members dues and  individual donations  . TCA has provided grants to local organizations nationally that have allowed them to leverage their support into additional financing from the Fund. According to their annual report,

"Between 2007-2013, The Conservation Alliance made 13 grants totaling $400,000 to organizations that used the support to secure nearly $100 million in LWCF funds. Because of the LWCF, TCA grants were multiplied 247 times!"

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important national program that benefits anyone who enjoys to hike, fish, or camp outdoors. It's not often that an individual donor's funding support can gain such a significant leverage and go directly to creating practical on-the-ground results. Think about it!


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