Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA)

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Improvements to infrastructure through GAOA will increase opportunities for everyone to experience their national parks.

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The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), passed in 2020, improves infrastructure and expanding recreation opportunities in national parks and other public lands. The legislation established the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund and guaranteed permanent funding for the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund, supported by revenue from energy development, provides up to $1.9 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks and other public lands ensuring their preservation and providing opportunities for recreation, education and enjoyment for current and future visitors. GAOA, the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other construction funding sources are part of a concerted effort to address the extensive maintenance backlog in national parks.  

The Land and Water Conservation Fund receives up to $900 million a year from offshore oil and natural gas royalties. This funding assists national parks in the acquisition of essential lands and provides states with money to invest in local conservation and recreation opportunities.

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Legacy Restoration Fund

The newly-established National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund will address extensive and long overdue maintenance needs.

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Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund gives back to communities by providing grants to protect local lands and waters.

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Last updated: April 7, 2022