LWCF Funded Units in Iowa

Federal Program  
Driftless Area NWR  
Effigy Mounds NM  
Herbert Hoover NHS  
*Mark Twain NWR  
Neal Smith NWR  
*Northern Tallgrass
*Upper Mississippi
River NWR
Approximate Federal Total
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
Forest Legacy Program  
Approximate Total FLP $2,000,000
Habitat Conservation Grants (Sec. 6)  
Approximate Total Sec. 6 $1,500,000
Approximate Total Federal and State  $70,500,000

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LWCF Success in Iowa

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of Iowa’s most treasured places.  Iowa has received approximately $70.5 million over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge and the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was created in 1990 with the purpose of restoring and reconstructing the native tallgrass prairie and savanna habitats.  The refuge includes a wide array of recreational opportunities, including an 800-acre drive through bison enclosure, birding, hiking, biking, and wildlife watching.  LWCF funds have been used to restore and protect this native landscape and to provide education to the public of the prairie and savanna habitats.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the Iowa economy. Each year, 552,000 sportspersons and 1.2 million wildlife watchers combine to spend $1 billion on wildlife-associated recreation in Iowa. 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 Iowa

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

Support for LWCF Among Iowa'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 Iowa. 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 Charles E. Grassley (R) N/A  
Senator Joni Ernst (R) N/A  
Representative Rod Blum (R) 1  
Representative Daivd Loebsack (D) 2 X
Representative David Young (R) 3  
Representative Steven A. King (R) 4