The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), passed in 2020, provides funding to improve infrastructure and expand 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 the National Park Service with up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks to ensure their preservation and provide 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.
Legacy Restoration Fund
The National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund addresses extensive and long overdue maintenance needs.
Maintenance Action Teams (MAT)
Maintenance Action Teams are tackling deferred maintenance projects funded by the Legacy Restoration Fund.
GAOA News & Stories
As GAOA projects get underway, stay up to date with news releases and discover stories about how GAOA is making a difference.
Last updated: December 21, 2022