LWCF Funded Units in Wyoming

Federal Program  
Bighorn Canyon NRA  
Bridger-Teton NF  
Cokeville Meadows
Continental Divide
Flaming Gorge NRA  
Fossil Butte NM  
Grand Teton NP  
National Elk Refuge  
North Platte River
Spring Gulch  
Approximate Federal Total
State Program  
Approximate Total Stateside Grants
Forest Legacy Program  
Approximate Total FLP $3,000,000
Approximate Total Federal and State  $92,000,000

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LWCF Success in Wyoming

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of Wyoming’s most treasured places.  Wyoming has received approximately $92 million over the past five decades, protecting places such as Grand Teton National Park and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Craig Thomas Little Mountain SMA

The protection of Little Mountain and its world-class resources has long been an urgent priority for hunters, anglers, and many other Wyomingans, including the late Senator Craig Thomas.  Surrounded by BLM ownership and adjacent to the Big Horn National Forest, Devil’s Canyon Ranch contains the full spectrum of Little Mountain habitat and cultural assets, including extremely popular hunting areas, a long stretch of Porcupine Creek, a major tributary of the Big Horn River and a renowned fly-fishing stream, and archeological sites.  The Land and Water Conservation Fund provided the funds to acquire this land and ensure recreational access for users and visitors.

Economic Benefits

Active outdoor recreation is an important part of the Wyoming economy. The Outdoor Industry Association has found that active outdoor recreation contributes more than $4.4 billion annually to Wyoming’s economy, supports 52,000 jobs across the state, generates $250 million in annual state tax revenue and produces $3.6 billion annually in retail sales and services across Wyoming - accounting for 17 percent of gross state product. The U.S. Census reports that over 762,000 people hunt, fish or watch wildlife in Wyoming each year, spending over $1.1 billion on wildlife-related recreation.  With full LWCF funding, Wyoming’s outdoor recreation economy will stay strong and continue to create sustainable long-term economic growth.

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LWCF Stateside Program in Wyoming

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

Support for LWCF Among Wyoming'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 Wyoming. 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.




FY2017 "Dear Colleague" Letter

Senator John Barrasso (R)



Senator Michael B. Enzi (R)



Representative Cynthia M. Lummis