OutdoorHub Editor: Keenan Crow 08.04.20
Earlier today, (8/4/2020) President Trump took historic action investing in America’s national parks and public lands. By signing the Great American Outdoors Act – the single largest investment in America’s national parks and public lands in history – the President’s actions will improve national parks and public lands, permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and create thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
The act has been heralded as the most significant conservation accomplishment since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.
“It’s a big win for bipartisanship. Perhaps it’s only fitting it took public lands to bring a divided government together,” said Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), who introduced the bill in the Senate earlier this year. “Mr. President, Montana thanks you. America thanks you. And I thank you for signing the most important piece of conservation legislation in over 50 years for our great country.”
The legislation will provide $900 million a year in permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and will allocate $9.5 billion over the next five years to restore facilities and infrastructure in our cherished national parks and public lands. The Great American Outdoors Act received support from more than 850 conservation groups, as well as 43 sportsmen and sportswomen groups.
President Trump also gave remarks prior to the signing:
“Today, we’re making the most significant investment in our [National] parks since the administration of the legendary conservationist President Theodore Roosevelt,” President Trump announced.
“The United States has among the cleanest air and water on Earth, and my administration is working every day to keep it that way,” he continued. “We are proving that we can protect our treasured environment without bludgeoning our workers and crushing our businesses.”