Land and Water Conservation Fund Fact SheetNationally, the LWCF has been responsible for nearly seven million acres of parkland, wildlife habitat, and open spaces and the development of more than 37,000 state parks and recreation projects, since its enactment in 1964.
In Nebraska, 365 political subdivisions have acquired park land, developed ballfields, tennis courts, swimming pools and playgrounds with LWCF funds. This is the only source of funding for public outdoor recreation projects of this nature in Nebraska.
Designed to renew natural resources by reinvesting revenues from their depletion, the LWCF has historically been funded primarily from offshore oil and gas receipts. At the federal level, the LWCF has acquired public lands for conservation, recreation and preservation of habitat. The LWCF's state component helps combat suburban and urban sprawl, providing matching grants to state for acquisition and development of land for conservation, open space, and recreation.
Since 1965, Nebraska has received $38 million worth of improvements to state and city parks. Construction of swimming pools, ball diamonds and outdoor recreation facilities are just a few of the projects funded under this program. Click here to review funding allocations for Nebraska.
LWCF funds can be leveraged with other funds, either private, state, and local and by doing so achieves a lasting partnership.
Personal health, skill development, quality of life, quality of the local environment, community pride, and personal pride are some of the benefits of local outdoor recreation projects.
Send comments or questions regarding the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program to:
Duane Westerholt - (402) 471-5411
Craig Wacker- (402) 471-5424