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 – 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 […]

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. […]

GOMESA Explained !!

The link below gives you an overview of the GOMESA program that is an enhancement to LWCF on an annual basis.. fyi.. https://www.boem.gov/Revenue-Sharing/

New: State Data Sheets for 2017

Here is a list of the key state data sheets we prepared for the June visit with DOI/NPS/Congressional Members and staff this year… More will be needed and added as we become more active with Congressional members and staff in our LWCF Advocacy.  They all want to know how this program benefits the folks at […]

One page summary of NASORLO position on LWCF funding and Re-authorization for 2017

  NASORLO encourages Congress to continue the federal investment in the LWCF State Assistance Program – a state and local partnership  creating parks close to home.  A key purpose of the LWCF Act was to help preserve, develop, and assure access to outdoor recreation facilities to provide recreation and strengthen the health of U.S. citizens […]

NASORLO and other Testimony for Senate Approps Committee FY 18 Budget

The following is the NASORLO ” ask ” for the FY 18 Budget to the Senate Appropriations Committee.. and the attached file is the complete testimony.. Overview of Funding Request: As outlined below, we encourage you to continue the federal investment in the LWCF, especially as it relates to the state and local partnership created […]

State Coalition and other Letters in support of LWCF Appropriations 3-31-17

Here is a copy of the letter sent by NASORLO and the stateside partners to Congress in support of FY 17 and FY 18 LWCF appropriations Org Letter to House FY18 LWCF State Assistance ORLP Program FINAL Federal Coalition  LWCF_House_DC_Letter_17 City Parks Alliance House Approps. FY18 LWCF Letter Rep. Kathy Castor Dear Colleague ORLP Final […]

New Study…Local and Regional Parks are a 140 BILLION dollar impact on the Economy – NRPA

A recent NRPA sponsored study showed that spending at local and regional public parks contributed almost $140 billion in economic activity and generated nearly 1 million jobs in 2013. These numbers enhance an already robust list of reasons why public parks are important partners to their communities. These results are from the recently released Economic […]

Senator Murkowski’s comments on LWCF reauthorization and State Grants

[Ed. Note: In our May issue, Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-1), of the House Natural Resources Committee, penned an article titled, “The Case for LWCF Reform,” In response, the committee’s Ranking Member, Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3), provided an op-ed in our June issue. This month, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) adds her thoughts to the discussion. All messages […]