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Land Acquisition

Funding Sources

Current land acquisition activities for the National Wildlife Refuge System in Alaska are primarily funded from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  The Land and Water Conservation Fund [Public Law 88-578, approved September 3, 1964 (78 Stat. 897)] is derived from various types of revenue (primarily Outer Continental Shelf oil monies) and authorizes appropriations from the fund for (1) matching grants to States for outdoor recreation projects, and (2) land acquisition for various Federal agencies.  Funds are allocated through the Congressional appropriations process.

Another source of funding for land acquisition in Alaska is the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) restitution fund. This fund provides monies to Federal agencies for acquisition of lands within the designated spill zone.  EVOS funds are administered by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

The Migratory Bird Conservation Fund is utilized in all other regions of the country by the Fish and Wildlife Service, but has not been ratified by the State of Alaska for use by the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska .

Last updated: August 26, 2008

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