LWCF Funded Units in California

Federal Program  
American River  
Angeles NF  
Antioch Dunes NWR  
Bitter Creek NWR  
Bizz Johnson Trail  
Humboldt County  
Blue Ridge NWR  
Bodie Bowl ACEC  
Cache Creek ACEC  
Carrizo Plain  
Central Valley Wetlands  
Channel Islands NP  
Chuckwalla Bench ACEC  
Cleveland NF  
Coachella V.-Toed
Lizard ACEC
Coachella Valley
Consumnes River Preserve  
Desert Tortoise
Don Edwards SF Bay NWR  
Dos Palmas/Salt
East Mojave NSA  
El Dorado County  
Ellicott Slough NWR  
Golden Gate NRA  
Grasslands WMA  
Havasu NWR  
Headwaters Conservation  
Inyo NF  
Marin Islands NWR  
Mendocino NF  
Merced WSR  
Middle Fork Feather
Mojave NPres  
Morongo Canyons  
Muir Woods NM  
North Fork American
Otay Mountain  
Patterson Bend/Squaw
Leap MA
Pechanga Historic Site  
Pinnacles NM  
Pixley NWR  
Point Reyes NS  
Potrero Creek  
Redwood NP  
Sacramento NWR  
Sacramento River
San Bernardino NF  
San Diego NWR  
San Joaquin River NWR  
San Pablo Bay NWR  
San Felipe Creek ACEC  
Santa Monica
Mountains NRA
Santa Rosa Mountains
Seal Beach NWR  
Sequoia NF  
Sequoia NP  
Six Rivers NF  
Stone Lakes NWR  
Tijuana Slough NWR  
Trinity NF  
Upper Sacramento River
Western Riverside County  
Trinity NRA
Approximate Total Federal
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
 Forest Legacy Program  
Approximate Total FLP $16,000,000
Habitat Conservation Grants (Sec. 6)  
Approximate Total Sec. 6 $225,000,000
Approximate Total Federal and State $2,341,000,000

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LWCF Success in California

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided funding to help protect some of California’s most special places and ensure recreational access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. California has received approximately $2.34 billion in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Lake Tahoe Basin, California Desert, Point Reyes National Seashore, Headwaters Forest, the San Diego and Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuges, the national forests of the Sierra Nevada.

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 Jenner Headlands in So­noma County and Chalk Mountain in Humboldt 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 $12 million in federal funds to invest $62 million in California’s forests, while 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 California’s state and local parks including the American River Parkway in Sacramento, Griffith Park in Los Angeles, and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in the Central Valley.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Funding from LWCF, including $4.1 million in FY11, $5 million in FY10 and $4 million in FY09, was leveraged with funding from private donations and other sources to protect the 4,262 acre Rancho Corral de Tierra. Incorporating this land into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area created a new southern gateway into the park and helped connect the Bay Area Ridge Trail with the California Coastal Trail. The project also provided permanent protection of four Coastside watersheds—Denniston, San Vicente, Montara and Martini creeks—and preserved critical habitat for unique and endangered plants and animals.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the California economy. The Outdoor Industry Association has found that active outdoor recreation supports $85.4 billion in consumer spending in California, 723,000 jobs across California which generate $27 billion
in wages and salaries, and produces $6.7 billion annually in state and local tax revenue. Further, the U.S. Census reports that each year 7.4 million people hunt, fish, or enjoy wildlifewatching in California, contributing over $8 billion in wildlife recreation spending to the state

LWCF Stateside Program in California

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 California. For detailed information about the sponsor, scope and district of LWCF stateside projects in California, please click here.

Support for LWCF Among California'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 California. 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 Barbara Boxer (D) N/A X
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) N/A X
Representative Doug LaMalfa (R) 1  
Representative Jared Huffman (D) 2 X
Representative John Garamendi (D) 3 X
Representative Tom McClintock (R) 4  
Representative Mike Thompson (D) 5 X
Representative Doris Okada Matsui (D) 6 X
Representative Ami Bera (D) 7 X
Representative Paul Cook (R) 8 X
Representative Jerry McNerney (D) 9 X
Representative Jeffery John Denham (R) 10  
Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D) 11 X
Representative Nancy Pelosi (D) 12  
Representative Barbara Lee (D) 13 X
Representative Jackie Speier (D) 14 X
Representative Eric Swalwell (D) 15 X
Representative Jim Costa (D) 16 X
Representative Michael M. Honda (D) 17 X
Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D) 18 X
Representative Zoe Lofgren (D) 19 X
Representative Sam Farr (D) 20 X
Representative David G. Valadao (R) 21  
Representative Devin Nunes (R) 22  
Representative Kevin McCarthy (R) 23  
Representative Lois Capps (D) 24 X
Representative Steve Knight (R) 25  
Representative Julia Brownley (D) 26 X
Representative Judy Chu (D) 27 X
Representative Adam B. Schiff (D) 28 X
Representative Tony Cardenas (D) 29 X
Representative Brad Sherman (D) 30 X
Representative Pete Aguilar (D) 31 X
Representative Grace F. Napolitano (D) 32 X
Representative Ted Lieu (D) 33 X
Representative Xavier Becerra (D) 34  
Representative Norma Torres (D) 35 X
Representative Raul Ruiz (D) 36 X
Representative Karen Bass (D) 37 X
Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D) 38 X
Representative Edward R. Royce (R) 39  
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) 40 X
Representative Mark Takano (D) 41 X
Representative Ken Calvert (R) 42  
Representative Maxine Waters (D) 43 X
Representative Janice Hahn (D) 44 X
Representative Mimi Walters (R) 45  
Representative Loretta Sanchez (D) 46 X
Representative Alan S. Lowenthal (D) 47 X
Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R) 48  
Representative Darrell E. Issa (R) 49  
Representative Duncan D. Hunter (R) 50  
Representative Juan Vargas (D) 51 X
Representative Scott Peters (D) 52 X
Representative Susan A. Davis (D) 53 X