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About the Fund
The 1965 LWCF Act
National Land Acquisition Plan

USDA Forest Service,
Lands and Realty Staff

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Washington, DC 20250-1124
Phone: (202) 205-1248

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LWCF Purchases

On this page you can learn about the LWCF Fund, request to nominate a project, and access the LWCF Map Viewer

The Land and Water Conservation Fund and Your National Forests

Image of Dakota Prarie National Grasslands in North Dakota.Created by Congress in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands for the the benefit of all Americans. From majestic forests and snowcapped mountains, to wild rivers and stunning beaches, these acquisitions become part of your national forests. Lands and waters purchased through the LWCF are used to:
  • Provide recreational opportunities
  • Provide clean water
  • Preserve wildlife habitat
  • Enhance scenic vistas
  • Protect archaeological and historical sites
  • Maintain the pristine nature of wilderness areas

Image of Etowah watershed in Georgia.Land is bought from landowners at fair-market value (unless the owner chooses to offer the land as a donation or at a bargain price).

The Fund receives money mostly from fees paid by companies drilling offshore for oil and gas. Other funding sources include the sale of surplus federal real estate and taxes on motorboat fuel.

Request for "Core" LWCF Project Nominations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 LWCF

The FY2017 LWCF "Core" project selection process has two stages. Regions first evaluate projects using the Strategic Landscape Acquisition Ranking System (SLARS). Following in November, a national panel will review each region's top ranked projects using the National Panel Ranking Criteria. The selection will be competitive, merit-based and coordinated by the Washington Office (WO) Lands and Realty Management Staff.

The final project list will be selected by a national panel comprised of an inter-disciplinary team of WO and regional representatives, using the National Panel Ranking Criteria. The WO will forward a prioritized project list to the Office of Management and Budget through the Department of Agriculture.

NOTE: Nominations are due to the Washington Office by October 2nd 2015. Please see directions in the Reply Due letter for how to submit proposal packages.

TO LEARN MORE: To view a recording of the LWCF Project Nominations Process Overview, please go here: LINK

LWCF Map Viewer

The 2015 map will soon be updated. Meanwhile, the current LWCF map viewer contains documentation associated with each nomination for the 2012-2013 fiscal years. Click HERE to access the 2012-2013 map viewer. If the link does not work, please past the following URL into your web browser: http://apps.fs.fed.us/fsmapviewer/index.html?config=public-config/EDW_LWCF.xml

LWCF LWCF Giving Back to You and Your Community

The Land and Water Conservation Fund gives back to you and your community. Click on the links below to find out more.

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