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Great American Outdoors Act is Law

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Sharon Leach
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The public is celebrating the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act signed into law on August 4, 2020. The Act provides $900 million in land conservation funds and additional funding for maintenance backlogs on public lands including Dept of Interior and USDA Forest Service.

In celebration of this historic achievement, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced that visitor entrance fees will be waived each year on August 4th and the date will be designated “Great American Outdoors Day,” a fee-free day annually to commemorate the signing of the Act.

Increasing popularity of our public lands has resulted in our national parks and forests needing upgrades and improvements for more than 5,500 miles of paved roads, 17,000 miles of trails and 24,000 buildings.The act provides funding to remedy some of these backlogs, plus funding for purchases of conservation lands.

NPS:

  • August 5: Great American Outdoors Act Commemoration
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

BLM:

  • August 5: Great American Outdoors Act Commemoration
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

FWS:

  • August 5: Great American Outdoors Act Commemoration
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • October 11: First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Comments...

Sharon Leach says...
Posted Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Frank, Thanks for that good news! When the Forest retains permit fees (2025 due to the Cabin Fee Act), some of that funding will also go to recreation. Sharon Leach
Frank Kalinoski says...
Posted Saturday, September 5, 2020
Meeting with the Descanso District Ranger, Bob Heiar, I learned that the Cleveland NF is getting 5 million dollars from the GAOA. Now they are scrambling to figure out how to best spend this windfall towards enhancing recreation. Wonderful!