The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) uses fees from offshore drilling permits to acquire critical lands within park, refuge, forest, BLM land boundaries. In Fiscal Year 2010, $266 million has been allocated to LWCF for protection of important places such as the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, and the Lewis & Clark National Forest in Montana, among others listed here.
As human activities accelerate the impacts of climate change, we must conserve and connect large, healthy ecosystems and habitats to make sure that biological systems stay resilient. The strategic acquisition of key inholdings, buffer areas, and wildlife migration corridors within and adjacent to existing public lands through the LWCF enhances adaptation efforts and fosters intact landscapes. These natural areas store carbon, buffer flooding and wildlife, conserve water, and support healthy fisheries and wildlife populations.
Click on the link below for a complete list of LWCF projects for 2010.