Sending Office: Honorable Kathy Castor
Support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP)
Deadline: Wednesday, March 14th
**This is a programmatic appropriations request**
Current Cosigners: Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Keith Ellison,Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. James P. McGovern, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Donald
M. Payne, Jr., Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Niki Tsongas
Please join me in sending a letter to the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies requesting $20 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP).
The ORLP, administered by the National Park Service, is a competitive grant initiative that complements the traditional formula State Conservation grants program by focusing on national priorities, specifically helping urban communities to acquire or develop
land to create or reinvigorate public parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in ways that will encourage people, especially young people, to connect or re-connect with the outdoors. This initiative leverages non-taxpayer dollars by awarding matching grants
at a minimum 1:1 ratio and allows states to put forward the projects they believe best meet the outdoor recreation needs of their communities and will make the federal investment go farther.
With this funding, the National Park Service would awards grants to improve infrastructure, revitalize local economies and enhance quality of life in our communities.
If you have any questions or would like to sign on to the letter, please contact Didier Barjon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member of Congress
Deadline: Wednesday, March 14th
March xx, 2018
Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:
We are writing to express our strong support for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) initiative administered by the National Park Service and funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). We respectfully request that the Subcommittee
provide funding at $20 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior and Environment appropriations bill. With this funding, the National Park Service could award dozens of grants to communities around the country to improve infrastructure, revitalize local
economies and enhance quality of life in neighborhoods.
There is a tremendous need for outdoor recreational opportunities in the communities where most Americans live, work, and play. The ORLP, a competitive grant program, complements the traditional formula State and Local Assistance Program through a nationally
competitive process that focuses on the outdoor recreation needs of communities in ways that will encourage people to connect with the outdoors. Priority is given to shovel-ready projects involving public-private partnerships, underserved communities and
those that provide youth with employment or job training opportunities. This initiative leverages non-taxpayer dollars by awarding matching grants at a minimum 1:1 ratio and allows states to put forward the projects they believe best meet the outdoor recreation
needs of their communities and will make the federal investment go farther.
Throughout the short existence of the ORLP initiative, thirty towns and cities have been awarded a total of over $16 million in federal funding with more than $27 million in support from local governments, private firms and non-profit organizations. Awarded
projects have gone to 20 different states and included a range of activities from improving accessibility of playgrounds to creating canoe and kayak launches and fishing piers to restoring vacant industrial land for park uses.
We urge the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment to fund the ORLP at $20 million in FY 2019 to support highly-leveraged investments for top-priority close-to-home outdoor spaces and recreational opportunities. As this program is included as part of the
overall funding for the LWCF State and Local Assistance Program, we ask the Subcommittee to ensure that continued funding for the ORLP initiative is provided in addition to robust funding for the “formula grants” to the states for conservation and outdoor
recreation. We thank you for considering our request and look forward to working with the Subcommittee.
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