Land and Water Conservation Fund

receding tide over rocky shores.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) of 1965 provides funding for the acquisition of land, and interest in land, for the benefit of public lands and waters for all present and future generations. The LWCF was permanently authorized in 2019 and in 2020 Congress enacted full funding of $900 Million annually. Congress allocates this funding to the BLM, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and State and local governments.

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

Contact your local BLM office for more information about the LWCF or to nominate land to be acquired by the BLM. Click here to find out more information about the BLM’s land acquisition process. 

Visit the Department of the Interior's website to learn about BLM projects, as well as the LWCF and grants program for other Interior agencies, and to check out amazing 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

A woman views a desert landscape.
Ironwood Canyon. Bob Wick, BLM.