LWCF Funded Units in Pennsylvania

Federal Program  
Allegheny NF  
Allegheny Portage NHS  
Brandywine Battlefield  
Flight 93 NMem  
Fort Necessity NB  
Friendship Hill NHS  
Gettysburg NMP  
Independence NHP  
John Heinz Tinicum NWR  
Johnstown Flood NMem  
Paoli Battlefield  
Upper Delaware SRR  
Valley Forge NHP  
*Delaware Water Gap
NRA
 
*Highlands Conservation
Act
 
Approximate Federal Total
 
 $157,000,000
 
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
 
$158,000,000
 
Approximate Total Federal and State $315,000,000
*Multi-state project  

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LWCF Success in Pennsylvania

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of Pennsylvania’s most treasured places.  Pennsylvania has received approximately $315 million over the past four decades, protecting places such as Gettysburg National Military Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

At roughly 70,000 acres, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is the largest national park unit between Maine and Virginia.  It is also among the busiest, attracting more than five million annual visitors. Recreational opportunities at the park include hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and chances to learn about the park’s many historical and cultural sites.  The park has many privately owned properties within its boundaries that face potential development. Using LWCF funds to purchase these inholdings will improve the management of existing park resources.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the Pennsylvania economy.  Each year, 1.5 million sportspersons and 3.9 million wildlife watchers combine to spend $5.4 billion on wildlife-associated recreation in Pennsylvania.  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 Pennsylvania

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, more than $3 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 Pennsylvania.

Support for LWCF Among Pennsylvania'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 Pennsylvania. 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 FY2015 "Dear Colleague" Letter
Senator Robert P. Casey (D) N/A X
Senator Pat Toomey (R) N/A  
Representative Robert A. Brady (D) 1 X
Representative Chaka Fattah (D) 2 X
Representative Mike Kelly (R) 3  
Representative Scott Perry (R) 4  
Representative Glenn Thompson (R) 5  
Representative Jim Gerlach (R) 6 X
Representative Patrick Meehan (R) 7 X
Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R) 8 X
Representative William Shuster (R) 9  
Representative Thomas Marino (R) 10  
Representative Lou Barletta (R) 11  
Representative Keith Rothfus (R) 12  
Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz (D) 13 X
Representative Michael F. Doyle (D) 14  
Representative Charles W. Dent (R) 15  
Representative Joseph R. Pitts (R) 16  
Representative Matthew Cartwright (D) 17 X
Representative Timothy F. Murphy (R) 18