LWCF Funded Units in Rhode Island

Federal Program  
Block Island NWR  
Great Salt Pond NWR  
Pettaquamscutt Cove NWR  
Roger Williams NMem  
Trustom Pond NWR  
Approximate Federal Total
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
Forest Legacy Program  
Apptoximate Total FLP $8,000,000
Approximate Total Federal and State $72,000,000

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LWCF Success in Rhode Island

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of Rhode Island’s most treasured places.  Rhode Island has received approximately $72 million over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Great Salt Pond National Wildlife Refuge and the Roger Williams National Memorial.

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, is home to the federally endangered American burying beetle, hosts sea turtles and seals, contains pristine shrub and dune complexes, and offers excellent opportunities for wildlife watchers and anglers.  Each year, the refuge hosts over seventy species of migratory songbirds and is internationally recognized as one of the most important migratory bird habitats on the east coast.  With full and dedicated LWCF funding, the natural resources at the refuge could be further protected, and the recreational and economic opportunities it offers will be greatly enhanced.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the Rhode Island economy.  Each year, 163,000 sportspersons and 436,000 wildlife watchers combine to spend $381 million on wildlife-associated recreation in Rhode Island.  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 Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island.

Support for LWCF Among Rhode Island'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 Rhode Island. 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 FY2017 "Dear Colleague" Letter
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D) N/A  
Senator Jack Reed (D) N/A X
Representative David Cicilline (D) 1 X
Representative James R. Langevin (D) 2 X