LWCF ….Maintain the old, or buy the new ?

It should be noted a recent survey showed state LWCF grants program has only been using 15% of it’s allocations for acquisition and that 75% is used for infrastructure updates, expansion and major maintenance… ed. note..   Article.. Daily Sentinel – Grand Junction, CO.  ” Maintain the old, or buy the new ? When your car […]

Is there a Controversial 6 (f ) conversion in your future ??

The following are two items of interest related to possible changes and threats to park land conversions in the future.  The first is language proposed to be inserted into the new Infrastructure legislation that addresses LWCF and the second is a prediction by NRPA that other conversions and threats to park lands are becoming evident.  […]

LWCF Distribution Parity for Territories and DC introduced..

Today, Rep. Bordallo introduced the LWCF Parity for Territories and DC Act, with all 6 Members of Congress representing U.S. territories and the District of Columbia as original cosponsors: Resident Commissioner González-Colón (R-PR) Rep. Holmes Norton (D-DC) Rep. Radewagen (R-AS) Rep. Sablan (D-NMI) Rep. Plaskett (D-USVI) Press Release: https://bordallo.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bordallo-introduces-lwcf-bill-fully-fund-public-parks-and-outdoor This noncontroversial, bipartisan bill would simply provide a […]

City Parks Alliance Promotes Parks as vital Infrastructure through video and media activity ( Nov 2017 update )

City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure – Transportation is the third video in a five-part series documenting the role of parks as critical urban infrastructure. Li near parks, including bike and walking trails, provide multiple benefits to cities from transportation options, to connecting communities, to spurring private investment. “It’s time to recognize the diverse benefits of city parks,” said […]

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 […]

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. […]