If you haven’t heard, The Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law on August 4. The bill was championed by organizations from the Sierra Club to the National Parks Conservation Association, who called the bill “a conservationist’s dream.” The law authorizes $9.5 billion per year in funding for major park-related needs and allocates $900 million a year to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill was introduced to the House of Representatives by Representative Joe Cunningham (D) of South Carolina and passed with bipartisan support in the House and Senate before it reached the president’s desk.
The bill is something of an amalgamation of two previously introduced bills: the Restore Our Parks Act and Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act. In addition, according to the NPCA, “the Great American Outdoors Act also dedicates $3 billion to the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education infrastructure projects to address necessary repairs throughout our U.S. public lands system.”