LWCF Funded Places in Minnesota

Federal Program Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Chippewa-Superior NF Crane Meadows NWR
*Great Lakes Northwoods
Lower St Croix NSR
Mississippi NRRA
Minnesota Valley NWR
*Northern Tallgrass Prairie
Saint Croix NSR
*Upper Mississippi River NWR
Voyageurs NP

Federal Total – $ 159,800,000

Forest Legacy Program – $ 16,000,000

Habitat Conservation (Sec. 6) – $ 400,000

American Battlefield Protection Program – $ 70,000

State Program
Total State Grants –  $ 72,900,000

Total – $249,100,000
multistate project

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America’s most important conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, has saved places in nearly every state and every county in the U.S. It will expire on September 30, 2018 without action from Congress. The time for action is now.

Visit: http://bit.ly/MNSaveLWCF to add your name to a letter to our Minnesota U.S. Senators and Representatives in support of this important program to conserve irreplaceable lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation.

LWCR success: For more than a half-century, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided funding to help protect some of Minnesota’s most special places and ensure recreational access for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. It has provided funding for state and city parks, ball fields, trails, conservation easements to protect fish and wildlife habitat and drinking water, etc. Minnesota has received approximately $249 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting places such as Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, in addition to grants funding projects in Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, and many, many more counties throughout the state.

Benefits of the LWCF include:

  • Conservation of national, state, and local areas, wildlife habitat and open space from urban parks to large landscapes
  • Improved access for sportsmen and recreationalists on federal, state, local, and private lands and waters
  • Bolstering of local economies and jobs supporting tourism and outdoor recreation sectors
  • Preservation of wetlands, forests and watersheds ensuring clean and adequate water supplies in the most cost-effective manner
  • State and local grants to supporter community parks, trails, recreation access sites and open spaces – promoting active, healthy lifestyles and gets kids and families outdoors.