LWCF Funded Units in Indiana

Federal Program  
Hoosier NF  
Indiana Dunes NL  
Patoka River NWR  
Approximate Federal Total
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
Forest Legacy Program  
Approximate Total FLP $10,000,000
Approximate Total Federal and State $199,000,000

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LWCF Success in Indiana

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of Indiana’s most treasured places.  Indiana has received approximately $199 million over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Hoosier National Forest and the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is approximately 15,000 acres of beach and other lands on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Located about an hour outside of Chicago, Indiana Dunes receives around 2 million annual visitors and is one of the most popular lakeshores on Lake Michigan. Recreational activities at the lakeshore include wildlife watching, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing and boating in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The lakeshore also contains five houses from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the Indiana economy. Each year, 886,000 sportspersons and 2 million wildlife watchers combine to spend $2.2 billion on wildlife-associated recreation in Indiana.  This is an integral part of the American outdoor recreation economy, which contributes $730 billion annually to the U.S. economy, supports 6.4 million American jobs (1 out of every 20 jobs in the U.S.), and stimulates 8 percent of all consumer spending, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.

LWCF Stateside Program in Indiana

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

Support for LWCF Among Indiana'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 Indiana. 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 Dan Coats (R) N/A  
Senator Joseph Donnelly (D) N/A X
Representative Peter J. Visclosky (D) 1  
Representative Jackie Walorski (R) 2  
Representative Marlin A. Stutzman (R) 3  
Representative Todd Rokita (R) 4  
Representative Susan Brooks (R) 5  
Representative Luke Messer (R) 6  
Representative Andre Carson (D) 7  
Representative Larry Bucshon (R) 8  
Representative Todd Young (R) 9