Capito and Manchin announce more than $2.7 million for land and water conservation fund projects in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,747,181 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by the intermediary of the Department of the Interior for recreation and restoration projects at state and local parks in West Virginia.

“This funding is welcome news as we celebrate Great Outdoors Month this month of June! I joined my colleagues last week on a resolution to make this distinction to highlight the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities available in our country, especially in West Virginia,” Senator Capito said. “West Virginia is home to countless parks, beautiful recreation areas, historic trails, and the nation’s newest national park and preserve. This is exactly why it is so important that we protect these areas and provide enough resources to maintain their beauty and splendor for generations to come. I will continue to advocate for innovative ways to increase outdoor recreation opportunities in our state, while protecting the wild and wonderful aspects of West Virginia.

“I am happy to see that the Home Office continues to implement my Great American Outdoors Act providing a historic level of LWCF funds to West Virginia. With 54 of our 55 counties having received LWCF investments at any given time, the benefits of LWCF can be felt throughout Mountain State. These funds are critical to supporting our state’s strong and growing outdoor recreation economy and strengthening our local communities. I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment, and as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to advocate for resources to ensure West Virginia’s valuable public lands are preserved and protected for future generations. said Senator Manchin.

Since its inception in 1965, the LWCF has funded $5.1 billion to support 45,000 projects in nearly every county across the country. At no cost to taxpayers, the LWCF supports increased public access to and protection of federal public lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreation areas – and provides competitive matching grants to governments states for the acquisition and development of public parks and other outdoor recreation sites. This investment also helps support locally-led outdoor recreation and conservation projects to protect and enhance our country’s public lands and waters.

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