President Donald Trump on Aug. 4 signed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide $9.5 billion over 5 years to address the crumbling infrastructure on America’s public lands and waters.
While the National Park Service will receive $6.5 billion in funding, another $3 billion will repair and maintain public land infrastructure managed by the BLM, USFS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Great American Outdoors Act also provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually. LWCF is one of the most successful and influential conservation programs in our nation’s history. As a testament to the impact of LWCF, the program has completed a conservation, recreation, or access project in every single county in the country. GAOA also ensures $15 million annually is dedicated to increase public access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation.
—Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation