FILE - Grand Teton National Park

In this photo taken Saturday, June 24, 2010, Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs strolls across a square mile section of state land in the park near Moose, Wyoming. 

The U.S. Department of Interior announced over $170 million in grants funded without taxpayer dollars will be distributed to state parks and outdoor recreation projects in all 50 states.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Thursday that $170,623,713 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will be implemented by the National Park Service.

The grants aren’t funded by taxpayer dollars since the LWCF is funded by revenue generated from offshore oil and gas leasing.

“Using zero taxpayer dollars, LWCF invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to help rehabilitate and improve infrastructure at state and local parks and other recreation areas,” Bernhardt said. “Funds will also be used to maximize access by opening up landlocked public lands. A small investment in a little strip of land can open up thousands of acres to outdoor recreation enthusiasts.” 

LWCF, which was passed by Congress in 1964, was permanently reauthorized by Congress earlier this year.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, a trade group representing the oil and gas industry, noted that oil and natural gas development is the sole source of funding for LWCF.

“The industry is a strong environmental partner across the West, both through countless private donations to conservation groups and initiatives as well as direct on-the-ground conservation work,” Sgamma said.

The states that allocated the most money are California ($14,564,940), Texas ($9,746,191), New York ($7,941,700), Florida ($7,869,846), Illinois ($5,726,425), and Pennsylvania ($5,430,820).

Of western states, Washington received $3,577,901, Arizona received $3,541,391, Colorado received $3,034,579, and Nevada received $2,292,912.

Here’s how much each state and territory receives:

Alabama: $2,689,167

Alaska: $1,548,962

American Samoa: $100,000

Arizona: $3,541,391

Arkansas: $2,145,470

California: $14,564,940

Colorado: $3,034,579

Connecticut: $2,557,032

Delaware: $1,635,930

District of Columbia: $391,688

Florida: $7,869,846

Georgia: $4,389,379

Guam: $104,640

Hawaii: $1,812,894

Idaho: $1,817,757

Illinois: $5,726,425

Indiana: $3,346,039

Idaho: $2,229,844

Kansas: $2,231,831

Kentucky: $2,558,960

Louisiana: $2,748,844

Maine: $1,659,106

Maryland: $3,297,805

Massachusetts: $3,623,566

Michigan: $4,441,165

Minnesota: $2,989,532

Mississippi: $2,118,928

Missouri: $3,168,557

Montana: $1,611,602

Nebraska: $1,906,325

Nevada: $2,292,912

New Hampshire: $1,713,672

New Jersey: $4,454,876

New Mexico: $1,996,570

New York: $7,941,700

North Carolina: $4,168,859

North Dakota: $1,529,494

Northern Marianas: $100,000

Ohio: $5,038,141

Oklahoma: $2,453,004

Oregon: $2,590,904

Pennsylvania: $5,430,820

Puerto Rico: $2,369,821

Rhode Island: $1,702,981

South Carolina: $2,713,499

South Dakota: $1,564,430

Tennessee: $3,225,968

Texas: $9,746,191

Utah: $2,295,171

Virgin Islands: $100,000

Vermont: $1,489,677

Virginia: $3,864,426

Washington: $3,577,901

West Virginia: $1,823,422

Wisconsin: $3,073,041

Wyoming: $1,504,029

Total: $170,623,713

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.