Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) of 1965 provides funding for the acquisition of land and interests in land, to benefit public lands and waters for all present and future generations. The LWCF was authorized permanently in 2019, and in 2020 Congress passed full funding of $900 million per year. Congress allocates this funding to the BLM, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, and state and local governments.

The funding BLM receives is used to support specific conservation, recreation and other projects to improve public access and management of public lands, waters and resources. BLM’s LWCF program is managed by the Bureau’s National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships Branch.

Contact your local BLM office for more information about the LWCF or to nominate land for the BLM to acquire. Click here to learn more about BLM’s land acquisition process.

Visit the Ministry of the Interior website to learn more about BLM projects, as well as the LWCF and the grants program for other interior agencies, and to discover incredible places protected using the LWCF.

Click here to access an interactive map of completed LWCF land acquisitions.

Top image: California Coastal National Monument. Bob Wick, BLM

Ironwood Canyon. Bob Wick, BLM.