Land and Water Conservation Fund


The Land and Water Conservation Fund Needs Our Help!

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a visionary bipartisan program for protecting our nation's special outdoor places. The LWCF has funded the protected of some of our most iconic landscapes in the Northeast. Learn more about the LWCF.


The LWCF has invested more than $336 million to protect New York's beloved forests, parks, wildlife refuges, and increase recreation access. The LWCF has protected places like Gateway National Recreation Area, Sterling Forest, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Adirondack Lakes, and the Coney Island Boardwalk. These investments into the outdoors fuels New York's economy too; outdoor recreation is a $41.8 billion industry and supports 313,000 jobs. That's $14 billion in wages and salaries and, produces $3.6 billion in state and local tax revenue annually. Learn more about the LWCF in NY.

In February 2019, Congress voted to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund as part of a public lands package. Every year the LWCF requires appropriation from Congress. Without this program, critical conservation efforts and projects would be in limbo. The LWCF Coalition, along with millions of Americans and organizations, including Parks & Trails New York, are united in the push this program forward. Help us protect land and water forever.

What YOU can do:

  • Call your Congress person and tell him or her that FULL DEDICATED FUNDING IS VITAL