Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program
Additional information on the history of the Land and Water Conservation Fund can be found on the NPS LWCF webpage.
The State of Connecticut, through its Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has created an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant at Black Rock State Park to build a new Western District hub for it’s State Parks program. DEEP welcomes public comment on this EA through 6/20/22 and comments can be sent to Lindsay Suhr at Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LWCF has provided over $60 million to develop and enhance many Connecticut’s outdoor recreational resources, since the program was created in 1965. Any property that has benefited from the assistance of the LWCF must be maintained for outdoor public recreation. Recipients of LWCF funding have agreed to:
- Make the property available for public outdoor recreation
- Maintain the project area and ensure it is accessible
- Keep the property open for public use
- Provide signage at the property indicating property is open for public outdoor recreation
Outdoor Recreation Planning
In addition to its value as a planning document, the completion of a SCORP also satisfies a requirement of the federally administered Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which then makes Connecticut eligible to receive its annual apportionment from the LWCF State and Municipal Assistance Program. Apportionments from the LWCF can be used by the State and its municipalities to acquire new land for outdoor recreation and conservation, and to construct new outdoor recreational facilities.
The current SCORP covers the planning period of 2017 through 2022 and identifies the following outdoor recreation goals:
Connecticut’s 2017-2022 Outdoor Recreation Goals
Goal 1: Protect, conserve, and manage Connecticut’s natural, cultural, and historical resources as they support outdoor recreation.
Goal 2: Provide clean, safe, well-maintained outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
Goal 3: Ensure that all residents and visitors can locate and access all outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
Goal 4: Promote healthy lifestyles through increased participation in outdoor recreation.
The LWCF is one of several programs that works to benefit outdoor recreation in Connecticut. For more information about outdoor recreation in Connecticut, please see the following links.
For more information, contact the Office of Constituent Affairs and Land Management at 860-424-3016.