The Cowboy State will benefit from more than $380,000 this year from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (L&WCF) for outdoor recreation grants administered by the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails.
This is the 50th year of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and since its inception in 1964, Wyoming has received $35,004,194.28. The fund was established by Congress to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations. The funds enable state and local governments to establish everything from baseball fields to community green spaces; to provide public access to river, lakes and other water resources; to expand the interpretation of historic and cultural sites; and to conserve natural landscapes for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment.
The primary source of revenue for the L&WCF is from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. Only once in the past 50 years has congress appropriated L&WCF funding at the full authorized level of $900 million and the program is set to expire without action from Congress.
Most recently, the program has assisted in funding the Martin Luther King, Jr. tennis and basketball courts and Saddle Ridge Picnic Shelter in Cheyenne, and the trails at Curt Gowdy State Park. Wyoming has funded a total of 896 projects throughout the years.
“LWCF state grants in Wyoming exist in almost every town and county of this beautiful state. The grants have had major positive impacts on economies and local tourism. In some of the smaller towns, the projects created with LWCF dollars are the hub of family picnics, afternoons cooling off in a pool and joyful hours watching baseball games,” says Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails Administrator Domenic Bravo.
For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/lwcf or