Section 6(f)

Confluence Park, photo credit: McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group

Section 6(f) refers to a section of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965 (Public Law 88-578, 78 Stat 897). According to the National Parks Service (NPS), “The LWCF Program provides matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities (as well as funding for shared federal land acquisition and conservation strategies). The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high quality recreation areas and facilities and to stimulate non-federal investments in the protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States.”

Section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act prohibits the conversion of property acquired or developed with grants from this fund to a non-recreational purpose without the approval of the NPS. Importantly, Section 6(f) applies to all transportation projects (and others) involving possible conversions of the property whether or not federal funding is being utilized for the project.

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