New Report Highlights Economic Impact of LWCF-funded Parks

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and members of the bipartisan Mayors for Parks coalition joined City Parks Alliance this month to discuss a new report on the positive economic impact of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The report, entitled“A Smart Investment for America’s Economy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund,”highlights cities that are leveraging LWCF contributions to create measurable environmental, economic, and public health returns on urban park investments.

“This report highlights the extraordinary success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the past half century, investing revenue generated from offshore energy development into our communities and public lands for the benefit of all Americans. Projects in urban areas, all with matching funds, have been especially valuable in providing breathing space, natural play areas for children, and an environment that supports vibrant communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

TheLWCF,paid for through a small percentage of offshore oil and gas drilling receipts – not tax dollars, is the most important program in protecting our nation’s natural, cultural, historical, and recreational heritage. From state and local assistance grants for neighborhood parks and playgrounds, to the protection of sacred American battlefields, National Parks, and other public lands, as well as increased sportsmen’s access — LWCF is a critical component in assuring that these lands will be enjoyed by future generations.

LWCF has a 50-year track record of delivering successful locally-driven projects – many of which are planned and designed by landscape architects. After 50 years of remarkable accomplishments, LWCF’s authorizing legislation will expire this September. Reauthorization prior to that time is vital so that communities, landowners, and others relying on LWCF can make plans based on the future integrity of the fund. Since 1965 the LWCF has provided matching grants to fund the creation of more than 42,000 state and local parks, playgrounds, urban wildlife refuges, greenways, trails and open spaces.

ASLA will continue to advocate for programs that’s support responsible stewardship of the land, promote conservation and encourage the creation of public open spaces for present and future generations to enjoy. If you would like to share an LWCF-funded park project in your community or work experiences please contact
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The full LWCF report can be found

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