President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act this week, which is the single largest investment in America’s public lands and waters in decades. The Act addresses two long-standing priorities of the outdoor recreation community. First, it fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)–a go-to program for conserving and maximizing outdoor recreation access. Second, the bill tackles the maintenance backlog on public lands and waters by investing in boating infrastructure like docks, ramps and parking facilities.
According to President Trump, the bill renews national parks and protects local lands, while also serving as a jobs and infrastructure package that will create over 100,000 additional infrastructure-related jobs. Furthermore, the legislation will provide $900 million a year in permanent funding to the LWCF and will allocate $9.5 billion over five years to restore facilities and infrastructure in national parks and public lands.