Land and Water Conservation

Program Name: Land and Water Conservation

Resource Type: State

State: Alabama, Gulf of Mexico

Agency: Program Source: Grant

Description: The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was created by Congress in 1964. LWCF uses royalties from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas drilling leases to purchase land and water to establish parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and open spaces to provide outdoor recreation opportunities. Approximately $900 million a year is deposited into the fund. LWCF has been responsible for nearly seven million acres of parkland, water resources, and open space.