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:
District of Columbia
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.