Utah receives $1.3 million to spend on outdoor recreation and state park support

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WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- The state of Utah now has $1.3 million to spend on outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

It is part of a $100 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Officials say these funds are non-taxpayer dollars and derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.

The LWCF works to conserve lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation but will expire Sept. 30th if Congress doesn’t act.

“The LWCF State and Local Assistance Program leverages public and private investment in America’s State and local parks and exemplifies my priorities to improve and expand outdoor recreation and access, and bolster state and local community recreation, tourism, and economic goals,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke said.  “I support permanent reauthorization of LWCF and am hopeful that Congress will pass this important bill before the deadline.”

Secretary Zinke said the $100 million was supplemented by the June distribution of $61.6 million in revenues to states from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act.

“Together these funds create major positive impacts for millions of Americans who have nearby opportunities for recreation in new and improved community parks and recreation areas,” Secretary Zinke said.

Fiscal Year 2018 LWCF Apportionments by State:

State

Total

Alabama

 $1,575,379

Alaska

 $907,707

Arizona

 $2,074,129

Arkansas

 $1,257,021

California

 $8,527,497

Colorado

 $1,777,444

Connecticut

 $1,497,856

Delaware

 $958,608

Florida

 $4,608,137

Georgia

 $2,570,741

Hawaii

 $1,062,199

Idaho

 $1,065,085

Illinois

 $3,353,349

Indiana

 $1,959,895

Iowa

 $1,306,393

Kansas

 $1,307,516

Kentucky

 $1,499,138

Louisiana

 $1,610,231

Maine

 $972,249

Maryland

 $1,931,542

Massachusetts

 $2,122,220

Michigan

 $2,601,068

Minnesota

 $1,751,154

Mississippi

 $1,241,508

Missouri

 $1,855,995

Montana

 $944,398

Nebraska

 $1,116,936

Nevada

 $1,343,209

New Hampshire

 $1,004,160

New Jersey

 $2,608,866

New Mexico

 $1,169,763

New York

 $4,650,277

North Carolina

 $2,441,739

North Dakota

 $896,313

Ohio

 $2,950,544

Oklahoma

 $1,437,051

Oregon

 $1,517,718

Pennsylvania

 $3,180,438

Rhode Island

 $997,854

South Carolina

 $1,589,578

South Dakota

 $916,774

Tennessee

 $1,889,644

Texas

 $5,706,801

Utah

 $1,344,543

Vermont

 $873,017

Virginia

 $2,263,381

Washington

 $2,095,549

West Virginia

 $1,068,456

Wisconsin

 $1,800,071

Wyoming

 $881,398

District of Columbia

 $229,413

Puerto Rico

 $1,388,048

Virgin Islands

 $75,000 

Guam

 $75,000 

American Samoa

 $75,000 

Northern Marianas

 $75,000 

The allocation for the State and Local Assistance Program is determined by a formula set in the LWCF Act. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/lwcf.

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