About Us  |  Contact Us  |  FAQs  |  Newsroom

[design image slice] U.S. Department 
of 
Agriculture Forest Service on faded trees in medium light green background [design image slice] more faded 
trees [design image slice] more faded trees with lands 
staff logo
[design image] green box with curved corner
[design image] green and 
cream arch
 
 
About the Fund
FAQs
Accomplishments
The 1965 LWCF Act
Forest Service Contacts for LWCF
Links
 
 

USDA Forest Service,
Lands and Realty Staff

1400 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop 1124
Washington, DC 20250-1124
Phone: (202) 205-1248

Egov: My Government. My Terms – The President's E-government 
Intitatives.

FirstGov.gov: The United States Government's Official Web 
Portal.

Acrobat Reader
Email Webmaster about this page

The Great American Outdoors Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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

The Great American Outdoors Act and Your National Forests

Enacted in 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act provides permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, thereby increasing funding for the Forest Service's LWCF land acquisition program. This investment will improve public access by funding strategic land acquisitions, support locally-led conservation efforts and protect our natural heritage. It will also create jobs, expand access to the outdoors, and help address climate change through protecting natural resources.

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
  • Address climate change
  • 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.

Interim Directive FSM-1510-2011-1



Fiscal Year 2023 Proposed National Forest System Land Acquisition Projects

The Fiscal Year 2023 Land and Water Conservation Fund Enacted Acquisition List was released as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 President's Budget on May 28, 2022.

FY23 proposals are included in the FY23 President's Budget.


Request for "Core" LWCF Project Nominations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 LWCF

Final call letter for FY24 (.pdf, 556KB)


USDA Forest Service
index.shtml
Last modified: Friday, 24-Jun-2022 10:48:54 CDT
https://www.fs.usda.gov/

[graphic] USDA logo, which links to the 
department's national site. [graphic] Forest Service logo, which links 
to the agency's national site. [graphic] A link to the US Forest Service 
home page.