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LWCF Reauthorized for 3 years with No Changes to Program

December 17, 2015 11:55 AM

--> 3 years of reauthorization with no changes (new expiration date:  September 30, 2018)

--> $450M in appropriations for FY16

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been been included in the Omnibus spending bill that is expected to be authorized by Congress this week. This would mean an additional three years with no changes to LWCF. The 50% increase in funding over last year’s enacted level means that many critical projects will move forward this year. Thanks to all who expressed their support for LWCF. Permanent authorization is the ultimate goal but this keeps the program in place and working for conservation and recreation. 

How LWCF Has Benefitted Recreation and Conservation in Louisiana

For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has funded more than 900 projects in Louisiana to provide outdoor recreation access and the continued preservation historic, cultural and iconic landmarks, including:

·         The Red River National Wildlife Refuge was expanded by over 1700 acres with the help of the LWCF in 2014

·         The three newest National Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana, Cat Island, Bayou Teche, and Red River, were all created with the help of the LWCF

·         A number of National Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana that have benefited from the LWCF, such as Atchafalaya, Bayou Cocodrie, Bayou Teche, Cat Island, Grand Cote, and Tensas, have played a key role in recovery efforts for the Louisiana Black Bear

·         Lake Arthur Park in Jefferson Davis Parish is being rebuilt through a LWCF grant

·         Improvements to the Camp Salmen Interpretative Trail in St. Tammany Parish were completed in 2014 through a LWCF grant

·         The town of Logansport utilized LWCF funds in 2013 to build a boardwalk near the Sabine River as part of Dennis Freeman Memorial Park

·         Bryan Park in Downsville, Louisiana was completed 2012 using a LWCF grant

·         The pedestrian/bike path around University Lakes at Louisiana State University was completed in 2011 with the help of a LWCF grant

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