Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission (ORRRC) to recommend future directions for conservation and outdoor recreation in America. The ORRRC produced a multi-volume report which has shaped the nation's conservation and outdoor recreation agenda for the last 40 years.

The most important recommendation of that report led to the creation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by Congress in 1964. Since 1965, LWCF programs have provided billions of dollars for federal, state, and local outdoor recreation programs. It has been the single most important source of funding behind the creation of federal, state, and local park systems.

Over the last 40 years, N.H. has received more than $36 million in LWCF funding. These funds have been used to complete over 600 projects in 70% of N.H.'s cities and towns. This includes the purchase of 50,000 acres of land, and the construction of more than 200 recreation areas that provide summer and winter outdoor recreation activity.