Conservation funds awarded to state

— U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced $1,975,912 will be distributed to the state of Washington for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing.

The money was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

The funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund state grant program has been a resounding success that makes physical investments in our communities,” Zinke said.

“We must preserve and strengthen public access to our national and state parks and cultural heritage sites,” Congressman Dan Newhouse said. “LWCF has been a successful conservation program in Washington State to protect our most-treasured public lands,”

He said the benefits of this conservation program go even beyond protecting our natural environment for future generations to supporting thousands of jobs in our state.

The fund was established by Congress in 1965 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations. The funds enable state and local governments to improve existing parks and other recreation areas.



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