Land and Water Conservation Fund

Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided close to 8 million dollars in support for various parks and trails in the East Bay Regional Park District.  Learn more about the LWCF here and share your thoughts below.

The Issue

With its enactment in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) marked the country’s intention to balance its impact on natural resources from offshore oil and gas drilling with the acquisition and conservation of national treasures.
The intent of the LWCF was to set aside up to $900 million every year from energy royalties.  A portion of the fund is appropriated for important national conservation efforts and another portion is allocated to the states.
This fund is the country’s primary budgetary mechanism to support federal, state and local government initiatives in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental restoration, as well as to preserve historic sites across the country.

In addition to preserving vital natural resources for present and future generations, LCWF generates a $4 return in economic value for every $1 invested, according to an analysis conducted by the Trust for Public Land.  As for state and local governments, LWCF has provided over 40,000 grants in its 50 years, totaling over $4 billion since its inception.  In spite of these impressive numbers, the LWCF is routinely underfunded and, in fact, has been fully funded only once, even as revenue streams from offshore drilling continue to grow. 

Current Status

With the original 1965 program set to expire next year, the President’s budget request includes a proposal to establish dedicated mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, with full funding at $900 million a year beginning in 2015.

Opportunity to Share Your Thoughts

Many of the parks and trails you have enjoyed in the East Bay had been partially funded by the LWCF. If you would like to help continue this legacy of conservation for future generations, fill out the form below and share your thoughts on the issue. Note: After you complete Step 4, please confirm your email address so your message is sent.