Land Conservation Strengthens Rural Communities: Examples of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at Work
Pond of Safety, Randolph Community Forest, White Mts Natl Forest, NH. Photo: Jerry & Marcy Monkman
The Forest Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund investment in national forests and grasslands has ripple effects that extend far beyond the Forest Service and the land that is protected.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund, created by Congress in 1964, provides resources to federal, state and local governments for the conservation of important lands, waters and historical sites. Using no taxpayer dollars the Fund uses earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to help preserve our history, protect our lands and strengthen our economy. Nationwide, over 7 million acres have been protected.