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Land And Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is one of our nation’s most successful conservation tools. Created in 1965 from offshore oil and gas royalties, LWCF authorizes $900 million per year for the acquisition of land and water to protect natural treasures, with an emphasis on recreation. LWCF has supported 42,000+ projects to develop parks and outdoor recreation projects in all 50 states. It has been used to purchase or improve more than a dozen climbing areas including:

 AAC member Justin Fricke climbs in Chimney Rock State Park, WV. Photo Credit-Adam Fricke

AAC member Justin Fricke climbs in Chimney Rock State Park, WV. Photo Credit-Adam Fricke

  • Wilson Peak & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO

  • Seneca Rocks, WV

  • Bozeman Pass, MT

  • Castle Crags, CA

  • Palisades Park, AL

  • Buffalo Creek Park, Chimney Rock State Park & Crowders Mountain State Park, NC

  • Cumberland Trail State Park, TN

  • Hueco Tanks State Park, TX

  • Custer State Park, SD

  • New River Gorge, WV

Want to see if one of your favorite climbing areas recieved LWCF funding? Use this tool to find out.

However, without timely action from Congress, this popular, bipartisan program will expire September 30th, 2018. If LWCF is not reauthorized, city urban areas, small local communities, states and national parks could potentially lose many millions of dollars – including those with premier climbing areas, like Joshua Tree National Park.

Please join us in asking members of Congress to support either a stand-alone bill, or an amendment to the FY 2019 Interior appropriations bill, that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it expires on September 30, 2018.

We encourage you to share your stories of these LWCF funded climbing areas and why they are so important to local climbing communities. 


Banner Photo Credit- Merrick Ales