Issue Brief: Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program Act


ASLA supports legislation that provides additional funding to Land and Water Conservation Fund programs that help create outdoor recreation opportunities in urban environments.

Background & Analysis

On June 20, 2017, Representative Nanette Barragan (CA) reintroduced H.R. 2943, the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program Act of 2017. The legislation would codify the existing National Park Service (NPS) administered Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Competitive Grant Program (ORLPP). Established in 2014, ORLPP is administered using a dedicated stream of funding from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA).

GOMESA, enacted in 2006, opened up new offshore areas in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling. A portion of those new revenues (12.5 percent) from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leases was directed - without further appropriation by Congress - to the LWCF stateside program, thus creating the only source of "mandatory" funding for LWCF. Beginning in 2017, up to $125 million per year will be available to the stateside program. H.R. 2943 proposes to take 20 percent of that stateside funding (up to $25 million) and direct it to the ORLPP to target outdoor recreation needs in urban communities, where about 80 percent of Americans live.

H.R. 2943 does not impact Congress’ ability to fund LWCF stateside or ORLPP through the annual appropriations process. That role can continue regardless of any funding provided through GOMESA.


Nanette Barragan (CA) and cosponsors

Current Status

The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program Act of 2017 was introduced June 20, 2017 and referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.


The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLPP) program was created as a subset of, and a complement to, the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance Program. The program is aimed at identifying and showcasing new ways of providing opportunities for expanding outdoor recreation in areas with great need, as well as promoting the development of new or enhanced partnerships for outdoor recreation in urban communities across the nation. During the 114th Congress, Senator Charles Schumer introduced S. 1995, the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program Act of 2015. Unfortunately the 114 Congress ended without any action occurring on the measure. 


Roxanne Blackwell, 
Esq., Hon. ASLA,
Director of Federal
Government Affairs

Elizabeth Hebron,
Director of State
Government Affairs