July 23, 2020
Congress today passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), a critical step to sustaining nature and everyone’s access to it. Like the Public Lands Act that passed last spring, GAOA delivers something to every part of the country. It does so by permanently funding the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and creating a new fund to pay for necessary repairs and maintenance of park infrastructure.
This bill is a sweeping victory for our lands, wildlife, and communities for several reasons.
The investments Congress is making today will shape the future of generations to come. The Great American Outdoors Act won’t fix all of the problems our nation’s natural heritage is facing, but it is an important place to start.
Land trusts are engaging in strategic conservation planning to build resilience and minimize vulnerabilities to impacts of climate change in different ways. Learn more.