President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act into law on September 3, 1964.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is our nation’s most far-reaching land conservation program. Created by Congress in 1964, the LWCF was a bipartisan commitment to provide funding that would safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and provide recreation opportunities to all Americans.
The LWCF has helped protect some of Georgia’s most treasured places. Georgia has received approximately $312 million over the past five decades, protecting such places as the Chattooga Wild & Scenic River, Cumberland Island Seashore, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests and more.
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To learn more about the impact of this visionary bill, read the Land and Water Conservation Fund – 50 Years of Conserving America the Beautiful, compiled by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition in 2013 at http://www.lwcfcoalition.org/files/LWCF_50thAnniversaryReport_FINAL.pdf.
Forest News Summer 2015: “From the Director – Help Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund”
Forest News Spring 2015: “From the Director – Update on the Chattahoochee-Oconee Land Adjustment Act H.R. 470”