Land and Water Conservation Fund Act: Forest Service Has Not Taken Steps to Ensure Compliance with Limitation on Land Acquisition   [open pdf - 995KB]

From the Document: "The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a U.S. Treasury fund used by four federal land management agencies for several purposes, including conserving natural resources and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities on federal, state, and private lands. These agencies--the Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service in the Department of the Interior--use LWCF funding to support a variety of activities, such as land acquisition, building recreational facilities, and conserving wildlife habitat. The LWCF Act of 1965, as amended, authorizes the LWCF to accrue a minimum of $900 million annually, and nearly all of its funding comes from royalties and other fees that companies pay on oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf. [...] This report (1) describes the location of the lands the Forest Service acquired with LWCF funds in fiscal years 2014 through 2018, and (2) examines the steps, if any, the Forest Service has taken to ensure compliance with the 100th meridian provision of the LWCF Act."

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