Secretary Zinke Announces $2,782,023 for Ohio Parks and Outdoor Recreation through Land and Water Conservation Fund
Federal grants invest in state and local parks using earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently announced that $2,782,023 will be distributed to the state of Ohio for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. This was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund state grant program has been a resounding success that makes physical investments in our communities,” Secretary Zinke said. “From Miami, Florida, to Cincinnati, Ohio, the program benefits citizens across the nation by helping state and local governments make infrastructure investments in urban, suburban, and rural parks. By advancing the Administration’s offshore energy goals, we will be able to generate more revenue for the fund to improve conservation and recreation opportunities for generations to come.”
“I’m pleased that Ohio is receiving $2.6 million through the Land and Water Conservation Fund to preserve and expand recreational opportunities in our state and local parks,” said Senator Rob Portman. “Since 1965, Ohio has received more than $150 million in LWCF state grants for projects that encourage individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors in their local communities. Ohio is rich in natural resources and recreational opportunities, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to permanently reauthorize the LWCF to ensure these opportunities can be enjoyed by all Ohioans.”
“LWCF helps support locally funded projects that bring outdoor recreation opportunities to our communities, while creating jobs and supporting our infrastructure,” said Congressman Bill Johnson. “I look forward to seeing these grants benefit Ohioans.”
The LWCF was established by Congress in 1965 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations. The funds enable state and local governments to improve existing parks and other recreation areas in their communities through rehabilitation and upgrade projects. These funds are also used to create new parks in places that have none and to develop and expand trail systems that link communities and add recreation opportunities.
“As leading providers of parks and natural areas for outdoor recreation, counties welcome the Department of the Interior’s investments in local communities through the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said National Association of Counties Executive Director Matthew Chase. “These matching grants help counties maintain open spaces that contribute to vibrant communities across the country.”
“Having access to a local park is part of what makes a city a great place to live, work and play,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “The Land and Water Conservation Fund plays an invaluable role in helping cities create and improve parks, open space and outdoor recreation opportunities. The fund also protects our wetlands, refuges and wildlife habitats and helps cities build stronger, healthier and more resilient communities.”
Since the inception of the LWCF, more than $4.1 billion has been made available to state and local governments to fund more than 42,000 projects throughout the nation.
The allocation for the State and Local Assistance grant (stateside) program is determined based on a formula set in the LWCF Act and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/lwcf.
Fiscal Year 2017 Total Apportionments by State
American Samoa $75,045
District of Columbia $216,316
New Hampshire $946,963
New Jersey $2,459,834
New Mexico $1,103,088
New York $4,384,480
North Carolina $2,302,357
North Dakota $845,281
Northern Mariana Islands $75,044
Puerto Rico $1,308,821
Rhode Island $941,005
South Carolina $1,498,911
South Dakota $864,573
Virgin Islands $75,087
West Virginia $1,007,593
Information for this story was provided by the Dept. of the Interior.