The Great American Outdoors Act (H.R.1957/S.3422) combines and expands two major access and conservation priorities of the outdoor recreation community:
Permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at its $900 million annual authorized level.
Reduces the nearly $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog on public lands and waters.
Establish the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Fund, which would direct up to $9.5 billion in non-taxpayer monies over five years to address priority repairs in our public lands and waters.
Direct non-taxpayer funds already being deposited in the LWCF to be spent only and fully on their intended purpose – protect important land, water and recreation areas for all Americans.
Grow the Outdoor Recreation Economy
- LWCF funds have had a direct impact on growing the outdoor recreation economy by increasing recreational access to public lands in every state and county in America.
- Visits to National Parks generate more than $20 billion in direct spending in local communities.
- Outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2% of US GDP, generating $778 billion in economic activity that supports 5.2 million American jobs.
- Boating and fishing are the number one contributor to the outdoor recreation economy.
- Without raising a dime in new taxes, this Great American Outdoors Act will restore, expand, and protect our beloved recreation resources that Americans depend on for the invaluable wellness benefits outdoor recreation opportunities provide.