In a year marked by great uncertainty, public lands have been a source of respite and hope for Americans, and a place where we can find common ground.
The Great American Outdoors Act has passed both the Senate and the House with strong bipartisan support — including every member of Oregon’s Congressional delegation! This act fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and invests in critical maintenance and repair needs in national parks and on other public lands. It is a decisive win for the environment and our economy!
The Great American Outdoors Act:
- Provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, one of America’s most important conservation programs. Funds from this program support acquisition and access to parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas at the federal, state and local level in Oregon and across the country.
- Allocates nearly $10 billion over the next five years to address deferred maintenance on National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management lands and waters.
- Creates jobs that support rural communities and the recreation economy that have been hit hard by Covid-19.
You asked and your representatives delivered. Now, say thanks!
As you thank Oregon’s Congressional delegation for passing the Great American Outdoors Act, you can also remind them that there are important high desert landscapes in need of protection — such as Sutton Mountain, the Owyhee Canyonlands and our desert Wild and Scenic Rivers — that deserve their attention. Investing in and protecting our public lands now will create a more just, healthy and thriving America for all.