Land and Water Conservation Grants Awarded to 8 New Hampshire Communities

(Concord, NH) The National Parks Service has awarded federal funds to the State of New Hampshire for projects aimed at promoting outdoor recreation and conservation. The State has granted Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) to Bristol, Brookline, Claremont, Deerfield, Franklin, Milford, Monroe, and Nashua totaling $822,000. Projects range from park development to water access to playgrounds.

“The Land and Water Conservation grants have been critical to both state and local governments in New Hampshire helping promote outdoor recreation,” said Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Commissioner Jeff Rose. “The funds have helped to preserve and expand many of our natural areas, and play an important role in supporting our open space and tourism industry.”

The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation administers the LWCF Grant Program on behalf of the National Park Service. It is a federal 50/50 matching grant program and more than $80,000,000.00 has been invested in outdoor recreation projects around the state since 1965 (of which $40,000,000 was federal funds). More than 180 towns, cities and communities have benefited from the funding. Past projects include: renovations of Franconia Notch State Park’s Flume Gorge Welcome Center; renovations, land acquisitions and upgrades to several State Park properties; development of Prescott Park and Four Tree Island, Portsmouth; acquisition and development of Mine Falls Park, Nashua. The future of LWCF grants in New Hampshire and the US will rely on level funding by Congress.

LWCF funds can be used for the development of facilities or acquisition of land for public outdoor recreation areas. New Hampshire public agencies, cities, towns, and school districts are eligible to apply. Additional information about the 2017 grant recipients, as well as the program can be found on our Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant webpage.