The Land and Water Conservation Fund is America’s most important program to conserve irreplaceable lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities nationwide. Every week, for 52 weeks, a state or U.S. territory is highlighted to showcase local LWCF stories. The first week of May is Oregon’s celebration of LWCF contributions to protecting the places we love. #SaveLWCF
LWCF is America’s most important funding source for conservation and recreation. It helps fund the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. LWCF also provides support to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Oregon Parks & Recreation. To date, LWCF has invested approximately $305.2 million here in Oregon to expand public access to lakes and streams, build sports fields, trails and local parks, conserve working forests and protect Oregon icons.
From the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon Coast Wildlife Refuges and West Eugene Wetlands, to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Nez Perce National Historic Trail and Fort Clatsop National Memorial, LWCF funding has helped protect Oregon’s most precious public lands.
Many thanks to KEEN Footwear for hosting and helping to sponsor this event.
Photos courtesy of The Nature Conservancy, by Brady Holden