This month, a year ago, former President Trump signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act, one of the biggest votes in support of America’s public lands system since it was conceived.
Now more than 250 projects have been launched in 40 states in the United States.
Passed with massive bipartisan support, the bill permanently authorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a critical source of funding for the maintenance of public lands, with $ 900 million in annual expenditures for parks, forests, shores. of lakes, camps, roads and other infrastructure. even the smallest playgrounds in your local neighborhood.
In the Shoshone National Forest, a ruined bridge has been replaced; A scenic bypass and drainage culvert will be replaced in Umatilla and Malheur National Forests; National forests such as Daniel Boone, Ozark St. Francis, El Yunque, George Washington-Jefferson, and all of Florida and North Carolina, I will be receiving new roads, sewage treatment systems, campgrounds, trail restoration, bridges and much more.
Devil’s Canyon Camp in the Manti-La Sal National Forest has already received brand new roads.
Montana raised a sizable chunk of the $ 285 million war chest that was part of the LWCF’s first round of dollars distributed among 40 states to tackle 54 projects. helping to repair what needs to be fixed spectacular wild places like the Bitterroot Mountain Range.
$ 11 million went to the beloved Zion National Park for the restoration of the camp, and another $ 4 million went to an unspecified Utah project on 50 acres.
In California, in the Sierra National Forest, several roads are being completely renovated, as well as some of the campgrounds, while the restoration of the mighty Pacific Crest Trail will take place in 25 easements of the National Forest.
That’s all in one year, and much can be expected that next year will bring the same, and the next, allowing all those who enjoy public lands in America to enjoy them as they should.
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