LWCF Funded Units in Arizona

Federal Program  
Bonita Creek ACEC  
Buenos Aires NWR  
Cerbat Foothills  
Coconino NF  
Dry Lake  
Fort Bowie NHS  
Glen Canyon NRA  
Grand Canyon NP  
Havasu NWR  
Hubbell Trading
Post NHS
 
Kofa NWR  
Lake Mead NRA  
Leslie Canyon NWR  
Petrified Forest NP  
Prescott NF  
Red Rock-Secret
Mountain
 
Saguaro NP  
San Pedro Riparian
NCA
 
Sears Point ACEC  
Tonto NF  
Tumacaori NHP  
 White Vulcan
Pumice Mine
 
Approximate Federal Total
 
 $156,000,000
 
   
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
 
$60,000,000
 
   
Forest Legacy Program  
Approximate Total FLP $2,000,000
   
Habitat Conservation Grants (Sec. 6)  
Approximate Total Sec. 6 $5,000,000
   
Approximate Total Federal and State $223,000,000

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LWCF Success in Arizona

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided funding to help protect some of Arizona’s most special places and ensure recreational access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Arizona has received approximately $223 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Grand Canyon and Saguaro national parks, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Coconino National Forest, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

Forest Legacy Program (FLP) grants are also funded under LWCF, to help protect working forests-- supporting timber sector jobs and sustainable forest operations while enhancing wildlife habitat, water quality and recreation at places such as the unique riparian forest ecosystem at Cedar Springs in Coconino County. The Forest Legacy Program assists states and private forest owners to maintain working forest lands through matching grants for permanent conservation easement and fee acquisitions, and has leveraged approximately $2 million in federal funds to protecting air and water quality, wildlife habitat, access for recreation and other public benefits provided by forests.

LWCF state assistance grants have further supported hundreds of projects across Arizona’s state and local parks including Lost Dutchman and Patagonia Lake state parks.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the Arizona economy. The Outdoor Industry Association has found that active outdoor recreation generates $10.6 billion annually in consumer spending in Arizona, supports 104,000 jobs across the state which generate $3.3 billion in wages and salaries and produces $787 million annually in state and local tax revenue. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that each year over 1.5 million peoplem participate in hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching in Arizona, contributing $2.1 billion to the state economy.

Coconino National Forest

The 56,000-acre Sycamore Canyon Wilderness area is one of the jewels of the Coconino National Forest.  The Forest Service used funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) to protect the Packard Ranch property.  The tract is adjacent to the wilderness area and at the trailhead of two hiking trails, the Parson’s and Packard trails that lead into Sycamore Canyon.  Two perennial streams that join on the property, the Verde River and Sycamore Creek, provide habitat for several endangered and threatened fish species and are important sources of drinking water for Phoenix.  The area in which this property is located also has archeological resources of national importance.

LWCF Stateside Program in Arizona

The LWCF state assistance program provides matching grants to help states and local communities protect parks and recreation resources. LWCF funding has benefited nearly every county in America, supporting over 41,000 projects. From building hiking and biking trails, to improving community parks, playgrounds and ballfields, this 50:50 matching program is the primary federal investment tool to ensure that families have easy access to public, open spaces.  

Over the life of the program, approximately $4 billion in LWCF grants to states has leveraged more than $7 billion in nonfederal matching funds. Please reference the National Park Service website for grants broken down per county in Arizona.

Support for LWCF Among Arizona's Members of Congress

In Congress, “Dear Colleague” letters are circulated by Members to encourage their colleagues to cosponsor, support or oppose a bill or policy. Each year when legislation is drafted to set funding levels for federal programs, supporters of LWCF will use these “Dear Colleague” letters to highlight how important this program is to themselves and their constituents. The more Members that sign on to these letters, the more likely it is that LWCF will receive strong funding.

Below is a list of all Senators and Representatives from the State of Arizona. Those with an "X" next to their name signed this year's Dear Colleague in support of strong appropriations for LWCF. Those without an "X" next to their name did not, though it is important to note that some supportive Members feel they cannot sign for various reasons. Those cases are as marked with an asterisk and a brief explanation.

 

Congressperson District FY 2017 "Dear Colleague" Letter
Senator Jeff Flake (R) N/A  
Senator John McCain (R) N/A  
Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D) 1 X
Representative Martha McSally (R) 2 X
Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D) 3 X
Representative Paul Gosar (R) 4  
Representative Matt Salmon (R) 5  
Representative David Schweikert (R) 6  
Representative Ruben Gallego (D) 7 X
Representative Trent Franks (R) 8  
Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D) 9 X