LWCF Funded Units in Arizona
|Bonita Creek ACEC|
|Buenos Aires NWR|
|Fort Bowie NHS|
|Glen Canyon NRA|
|Grand Canyon NP|
|Lake Mead NRA|
|Leslie Canyon NWR|
|Petrified Forest NP|
San Pedro Riparian
|Sears Point ACEC|
Approximate Federal Total
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
|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|
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.
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|