US Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced last week that the United States National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund had made 18 grants totaling $ 10,266,619 to Ohio outdoor organizations – Has awarded recreational and conservation projects across the state.
“Ohio residents rely on access to parks and public land for outdoor recreation, community events, and local jobs,” Brown said. “These grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will support the Ohio economy and protect our natural resources for future generations.”
In June 2020, Brown supported the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act by the Senate, bipartisan legislation designed to improve access to public land and preserve it for future generations. The Great American Outdoors Act invests in the rehabilitation of national park and public land infrastructure, and in the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s protection and provision of recreational access to national, state, and local parks, forests, wildlife areas, and other public spaces.
Founded in 1964 as a Congressional investment in outdoor recreational resources, the LWCF provides access and funding for public land that benefits American citizens. Instead of using taxpayers’ money, the program finances state-approved conservation and recreation projects through income from offshore oil and gas leasing. Brown is co-sponsoring the Land and Water Conservation Funding Act in July 2019 to continue supporting the LWCF.