City Parks Alliance Promotes Parks as vital Infrastructure through video and media activity

This week the City Parks Alliance ( CPA ) launched their second video in our series “City Parks:  America’s New Infrastructure.”  This video focuses on the health and social benefits of urban parks.  It is live on our website:  www.cityparksalliance.org/infrastructure.  The first video is an introduction to the series and is located at the same address. Also, CPA […]

DOI Grants being examined… especially land acquisitions with LWCF

Spotty grant tracking draws watchdog’s fire Michael Doyle, E&E News reporter Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 Some Interior Department officials are tussling with the Office of Inspector General over the department’s failure to standardize the tracking of hundreds of millions of dollars in grants used for land purchases. The behind-the-scenes bureaucratic conflict, percolating for months, […]

NPS Releases $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Sec. Zinke today released the following related to the distribution of LWCF for state and local grants.. 1. FY17 LWCF State Grants Release – FINAL

New State Outdoor Recreation funding survey!!

BOULDER, Colo. – September 6, 2017 – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released the State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation report featuring case studies on seven states across the country that are investing in the public lands and waters that support the outdoor economy. “Funding for outdoor recreation and conservation is a central part of what OIA and […]

Congress Considering Reforms to Conservation and Recreation Funding

Article by Jeff Stockdale, director of legislative affairs, Council of State Governments E Newsletter August 2017. In 1964, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, “to assist the States and Federal agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation demands and needs of the American people.” Since the program’s inception, this powerful […]

Brief Summary of LWCF Re-authorization Bills – Aug 2017

The LWCF’s authorization expired in 2015 before Congress included a three-year reauthorization through Sept. 30, 2018, as part of the fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending package. With the program’s sunset nearing, competing proposals have been introduced in the House and Senate to both reauthorize and reform the LWCF. Those bills are below: S. 896 – A […]

Brief – Up to Date History of the LWCF State Assistance Program – Aug 2017

In 1964, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, “to assist the States and Federal agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation demands and needs of the American people.” Since the program’s inception, this powerful conservation tool has helped preserve thousands of acres across all 50 states. The two main purposes […]

IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH PUBLIC PARKS AND TRAILS: EIGHT COMMON MEASURES

Parks and trails can be gateways to healthy living by promoting holistic health. Parks provide opportunities for physical activity, stress reduction, social interaction, and environmental sustainability. The Community Guide now recommends access to parks and trails in combination with improved walk/bike routes as a public health intervention to increase physical activity. Park and trail system […]

OIA Releases 50 State Outdoor Recreation Economy Reports

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released the state-level Outdoor Recreation Economy Report featuring economic data for all 50 states across the United States, the largest and most comprehensive state-by-state report of its kind. The data underscores a growing economic force that generates billions in consumer spending and creates millions of good-paying, American jobs in communities across the country. […]

NASORLO Snapshot Survey – LWCF Needs, Infrastructure and Urban/Metro uses

NASORLO just completed a quick survey of key states to determine the views on the demand for, matching funds available, use of LWCF for infrastructure and assessing overall state park and urban needs.  The quick results are: LWCF could double from FY 17 levels and matching funds would be available Infrastructure projects make up nearly […]