LWCF Funded Units in Washington

Federal Program  
Alpine Lakes Wilderness  
Columbia NWR  
Cowiche Canyon Preserve  
Dungeness NWR  
Ebey’s Landing NHR  
Fishtrap Lake Conservation
Grays Harbor NWR  
Julia Hansen NWR  
Kaniksu NF  
Lake Chelan NRA  
Point Colville ACEC  
McNary NWR  
Moses Coulee  
Mt. St. Helens NVM  
Mt Baker NF  
Mount Rainier NP  
Nisqually NWR  
North Cascades NP  
Olympic NF  
Olympic NP  
Protection Island NWR  
Quinault Indian Reservation  
Ridgefi eld NWR  
Rock Creek Watershed  
San Juan Island NHP  
San Juan Islands NWR  
Skagit WSR  
Snoqualmie NF  
Upper Crab Creek  
Washington State Land
Wenatchee NF  
White Salmon WSR  
Willapa NWR  
Yakima River Canyon  
*Pacific Crest Trail  
*Pacific NW Streams  
*Columbia River Gorge
*Northwest WSRs  
*Lewis and Clark NHP  
*Wallowa-Whitman NF  
Approximate Federal Total
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
Forest Legacy Program  
Approximate Total FLP $28,000,000
Habitat Conservation Grants (Sec. 6)  
Approximate Total Sec. 6 $114,000,000
Approximate Total Federal and State $637,000,000
*Multi-state project  

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LWCF Success in Washington

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of Washington’s most treasured places.  Washington has received approximately $637 million over the past five decades, protecting places such as Olympic National Park and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Washington – Mt. Rainier National Park – Carbon River

At Mt Rainier National Park, the Carbon River Road has frequently been washed out, preventing visitors from reaching the Ipsut Creek campground and picnic area, as well as day-use parking for access to the Carbon Glacier and Wonderland Trail.  To address this problem, and to eliminate the considerable maintenance costs necessitated by the frequent flooding – estimated at $750,000 per occurrence, President Bush signed legislation in 2004 extending the park’s northwestern boundary three miles along the Carbon River Valley.  The boundary extension allowed for LWCF funded acquisitions that ensure the agency can relocate the entrance road and avoid excessive costs.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the Washington economy.  The Outdoor Industry Association has found that active outdoor recreation contributes more than $11.7 billion annually to Washington’s economy, supports 115,000 jobs across the state, generates $650 million in annual state tax revenue and produces $8.5 billion annually in retail sales and services across Washington.  The U.S. Census Bureau reports that each year over 2.7 million people participate in hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching in Washington contributing over $3 billion to the state economy.

Download "The Active Outdoor Recreation Economy Report for Washington"

LWCF Stateside Program in Washington

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

Support for LWCF Among Washington's Member 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 Washington. 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 Patty Murray (D) N/A  
Senator Maria Cantwell (D) N/A X
Representative Suzan DelBene (D) 1 X
Representative Rick Larsen (D) 2 X
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) 3  
Representative Doc Hastings (R) 4  
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 5  
Representative Derek C. Kilmer (D) 6  
Representative Jim McDermott (D) 7 X
Representative David G. Reichert (R) 8 X
Representative Adam Smith (D) 9 X
Representative Denny Heck (D) 10 X