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									          Land and Water Conservation Fund & Forest Legacy Program in Ohio
   From national parks and wildlife areas to soccer fields and city playgrounds, our investments in conservation, preservation, wildlife,
   and recreation pay dividends for all Ohians, every day. Wild lands protected mean abundant fish and wildlife, clean air and water.
   Historic preservation ensures future Americans will have the chance to experience our shared legacy first hand. And parks, green
   space, and recreational facilities mean healthier children and stronger communities.

                              The Land and Water Conservation Fund’s dedicated level is $900 million
                                                  Ohio deserves its fair share!

   The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a vital funding mechanism that:
       Returns conservation, recreation, preservation, and wildlife funds to states and local communities;
       Encourages and promotes healthy lifestyles;
       Promotes smart growth and livable communities;
       Provides critical resources to America’s kids through places for recreation and education; and
       Provides tremendous economic benefits to states and local communities.

   A bipartisan promise to Americans, the Land and Water Conservation Fund was designed to set aside $900 million from Outer
   Continental Shelf drilling lease proceeds to protect the critical outstanding conservation, recreation, preservation, and wildlife areas in
   the United States. LWCF has been an investment whose dividends touch all Americans. Despite efforts by thousands of
   congressional members and constituents to champion the program, FY 2006 LWCF was under-funded by more than $750 million, or
   about 84 percent of its dedicated authorization level.

   The Forest Legacy Program is a federally administered program with a minimum requirement of 25 percent non-federal matching
   funds. The program supports working forests; conserves open space, scenic lands, wildlife habitat, and clean water; and ensures
   continued opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, all while preserving the local tax-base. Given its record of assisting private
   landowners, leveraging non-federal funds and ensuring long-term conservation benefits, the Forest Legacy Program is a successful
   example of a public-private, non-regulatory partnership approach to land conservation.

                                            Ohio’s Share of LWCF and Forest Legacy
                                                     FY 01                  FY 02                  FY 03                 FY 04           FY 05           FY 06
            PROGRAMS*                             Appropriation          Appropriation          Appropriation         Appropriation   Appropriation   Appropriation
            Stateside
                                                     $2,903,270            $4,504,890             $3,060,736           $2,867,259      $2,816,146       $873,208
 Land and Water Conservation Fund
             Federal
                                                     $5,500,000            $2,750,000              $600,000                $0              $0           $600,000
Land and Water Conservation Fund**
       Forest Legacy Program                               ‡                     ‡                      ‡                  ‡            $500,000           $0

   *Federal LWCF and Forest Legacy are administered at the national level; Stateside LWCF is a state-grant program.
   **Money appropriated for multi-state projects was divided evenly between the states involved.
   ‡Ohio joined the Forest Legacy Program on August 5, 2005.
                                          Examples of LWCF and FL Projects in Ohio

       Stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund – Exemplary Project (FY 2001)
       Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, Cleveland ($225,000)
              Following a portion of the historic 309-mile Ohio and Erie Canal, this reservation stretches through the villages of
              Cuyahoga Heights and Valley View. Together with the Cuyahoga River, this stretch of canal provides wildlife
              habitat, fishing opportunities and scenic beauty. Observation decks bring visitors close to the sights and sounds of
              red-tailed hawks, great blue heron, beavers, deer, orioles, and yellow warblers. This grant was given to Cleveland
              Metroparks to develop supporting facilities and trails, including an extension of the Canal Towpath Trail that runs
              from Cleveland to Dover. This exemplary project helped to connect more communities to the recreational
              opportunities of the Canal Towpath Trail and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Stateside LWCF grants like this
              one are crucial to leverage limited state and local funds in order to develop and maintain recreation areas that
              increase the health and well being of local communities.

       Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund – Exemplary Project (FY 2002)
       Cuyahoga Valley National Park Land Acquisition ($1,000,000)
             Steep valley walls, winding ravines, and lush upland forests amaze visitors of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
             (CVNP). It is a refuge for a diversity of vegetation and wildlife, and it provides both recreation and solitude for
             Northern Ohio residents and visitors. Originally designated a National Recreation Area by Congress in 1974, the
             CVNP is an example of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in action. Since FY 1976, more
             than $120 million has been appropriated to the National Park Service for the acquisition of land within the
             boundaries of the CVNP. Today, this beautiful park provides important historic, cultural, and recreational resources
             to millions of visitors annually.

       Stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund – Exemplary Project (FY 2004)
       North Bass Island, Ottawa County ($6,035,258)
              This very significant LWCF grant is used in conjunction with state money so the Ohio Department of Natural
              Resources can acquire 357 acres on North Bass Island in Lake Erie (almost the entire island) for many exciting
              and beneficial uses. Campgrounds, picnic areas, swimming, boating and fishing facilities, trails, hunting, and
              natural areas are all included in plans for future development. The North Bass Island project is one of the largest
              LWCF grants since the program began in 1964. Former Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton even put this project
              into the spotlight, citing it as “a solid example of President Bush’s commitment to supporting conservation and
              recreational opportunities in our nation’s park areas.” We need to see more projects like this one so that the
              government can fulfill its responsibility to American’s to provide quality outdoor recreation and natural areas.


For more information, please contact Sarah Neimeyer at (202)-429-2681 or Rebecca Knuffke at (202)-429-2643, The Wilderness Society

								
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