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Land and water conservation fund

Land and water conservation fund

current status and issues

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Published by Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress in [Washington, D.C.] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Assistance Program (U.S.),
  • Outdoor recreation -- United States -- Finance,
  • Water resources development -- United States -- Finance

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesCRS report for Congress.
    StatementJeffrey Zinn.
    SeriesMajor studies and issue briefs of the Congressional Research Service -- 1999, 97-792 ENRa.
    ContributionsLibrary of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    The Physical Object
    FormatMicroform
    Pagination6 p.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17743852M
    OCLC/WorldCa47181067

    It pays for tennis courts, ballfields, playgrounds, and swimming pools in underserved communities just as it was intended; part of the original goal was to make sure that Americans, whether rich or poor, would be stronger, healthier, fitter, and have access to outdoor spaces and outdoor sports that built body and mind. Their commitment to the great outdoors helped secure the most extensive network of open spaces in the world as well as the conservation fund, which continues to be a lynchpin in protecting and securing access to these natural treasures. Our future, and that of our descendants, depends upon our action right now. At this hearing, we expect an unfortunate argument that will be made as a criticism of LWCF is that it is inappropriate to acquire more land when the park service and other federal land agencies are struggling with deferred maintenance backlogs. In addition, the amount of credits each individual taxpayer can use in any one year has been reduced. NPCA wholeheartedly rejects this flawed argument and false choice between two of the largest funding priorities for the protection of our national parks.

    Monies from off shore oil exploration continue to make up a percentage of the Federal funds used for the program along with monies allocated in the Federal budget. No one can clearly state what the goals are in destroying the LWCF, or explain why any elected lawmaker would not relentlessly champion a time-proven, non-controversial, and non-taxpayer-paid source for funding conservation, recreation, working landscapes, and healthy watersheds. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, and they can also sell it or pass it on to heirs. When the trust ends, the remaining assets go to the land trust. The fund is used to conserve huge landscapes that soak up floodwaters, recharge aquifers, and provide clean drinking water to millions of Americans.

    If you choose to donate your land, your land trust can work with you to identify the best arrangement. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, frequent champions of the act, are among the bipartisan supporters of its extension, bolstered by conservation and recreational interests around the country. The LWCF must be a part of that, and only an engaged and tenacious—even furious—citizenry can make sure that it does not expire. From the soaring sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park to the mangrove forests and freshwater marshes of the Everglades National Park, the conservation fund has been vital to protecting irreplaceable natural, cultural and historic lands in every corner of the United States. Charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder unitrusts are most useful for highly appreciated land, the sale of which would incur high capital gains tax.


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Land and water conservation fund book

But with the House on recess until after the November elections, there is no clear path for the bills to see floor time in the near future. On the federal side, each year, based on project demands from communities as well as input from the federal land management agencies, the President makes recommendations to Congress regarding funding for specific LWCF projects.

It is also a major source of funding for grants and matching grants used by state and local governments to purchase and develop recreational properties.

Land Conservation

It is my hope that this session will be different, that our leaders on Capitol Hill will listen to the voices of their constituents and make it a priority to protect access to our shared public lands and national treasures. This project is slated for funding through appropriations but acts as an example of the kinds of projects that can be funded when resources are available.

No one can clearly state what the goals are in destroying the LWCF, or explain why any elected lawmaker would not relentlessly champion a time-proven, non-controversial, and non-taxpayer-paid source for funding conservation, recreation, working landscapes, and healthy watersheds.

NPCA commends the committee for holding a hearing to review the implementation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund LWCFa critical program for conserving our national parks, their resources, and the visiting experience. The full market value of land donated to a nonprofit land trust is tax deductible as a charitable gift.

These leaders understood that protecting the places we love should not be about politics.

Wrong document context!

What is most needed, though, is for those elected to Congress to stop attacking or tweaking or perverting this bedrock piece of bipartisan legislation—for whatever reason—and to recognize that it serves the public which elected them to office and should be reauthorized, fully funded, and allowed to continue to make a great country even greater.

When national park sites are designated, private landowners sometimes still hold parcels inside their borders.

Reauthorization of and Potential Reforms to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Some land trusts can also help identify potential buyers for conserved lands. LWCF is critical for conservation and by way of protecting critical land parcels, supports the tourism and recreational economies while enhancing opportunities for the American public to enjoy access to its public lands.

Though the House Committee on Natural Resources came to a unanimous and bipartisan agreement that would permanently reauthorize the fund, Congress failed to take further action during the last legislative session.

LWCF was created from a small portion of the royalties produced by oil and gas production on the Outer Continental Shelf. For More Information. What types of projects are not permitted for assistance through LWCF? Despite the lapse in funding for LWCF, there are currently bills to permanently reauthorize the fund moving in both the House and Senate.

These grant programs assist in protecting our most important natural, cultural, and historic resources for the benefit of future generations.

Some land trusts may grant a retained life estate if the property is a personal residence or farm. Considerations When Deciding Whether to Use Fee Ownership or a Conservation Easement to Protect a Property Factors Favorable to Fee Ownership: Property contains very sensitive natural resources Public use is a significant conservation objective Resources on the property require intensive management Surrounding lands are owned in fee by the land trust or other conservation organization or agency Factors Favorable to Conservation Easements: Conservation objectives include productive use Private ownership is compatible with the conservation objectives The land trust has the capability and finances to monitor and enforce the easement Restrictions that protect the resource A conservation easement is just one of many options.

The Virginia General Assembly should support measures that provide additional funding for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in order to ensure they are able to accept, hold, and provide adequate stewardship of conservation easements.

There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you. That fair return to the American people has enjoyed decades of bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats, but our divided Congress allowed the conservation fund to expire this fall.

What type of projects are permitted in the LWCF? Projects under their sponsorship must have achieved completion of the scope of work as identified in the State Agreement and have submitted all closeout documentation no later than the preceding December 31st to allow the required day period to achieve closeout through the National Park Service before the annual application deadline of April 1st.

Background Virginians have said repeatedly in surveys, polls, and at the ballot box that they are willing to invest in the protection of open space. It pays for tennis courts, ballfields, playgrounds, and swimming pools in underserved communities just as it was intended; part of the original goal was to make sure that Americans, whether rich or poor, would be stronger, healthier, fitter, and have access to outdoor spaces and outdoor sports that built body and mind.

The Center for Western Priorities estimates that with this lapse in funding, at leastacres of deserving lands are at risk of being lost to development. Bargain Sale In a bargain sale, you sell your land to a land trust for less than its fair market value.Title III reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund indefinitely.

At least 40% of the funds, derived from offshore drilling royalties, are to be used for federal lands, and at least 40% are allocated to the states. Title IV. Title IV states that public land managed by the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management is open to hunting.

Nov 11,  · It is an honor for us to protect this land that is so close and dear to Pam's heart. In celebration, the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust is hosting Pam Houston, local author from Creede, for a book reading and fundraiser at the Windsor Hotel on July 31st.

-The Land and Water Conservation Fund -State Grant Funding -Development Pressures -Grassroots Response -Land Trusts on the Rise -Private Foundation Support -Demand for Open Space Funding -The Rise of Green Infrastructure Chapter 2.

Financing State Land Conservation Programs -Massachusetts -New Jersey -Maryland -Florida. Aug 25,  · The Land and Water Conservation Fund is vital to our desert. A veteran explains why. Allison Bailey discusses the importance of lands and programs supported by Author: Allison Bailey.

The item Amending the Land and water conservation fund act ofand for other purposes: report to accompany H.R. represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in Indiana State Library.

Land and Water Conservation Fund. FY19 Grant Application: Due February 28, at PM. Part 1. APPLICANT INFORMATION known as a “Yellow Book Appraisal”? Rev. 02/ 4. 4.b. For a Development Project: land parks, open space, conservation areas, recreation trails, facilities, services, opportunities, public access.