Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law

August 4, 2020

Great news! The President just signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act—landmark legislation that will invest up to $9.5 billion to repair historic and other assets of the National Park Service and other federal agencies. The bill also fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually.

The once-in-a-generation investments from this bill will significantly benefit our nation’s historic and cultural resources by providing jobs, boosting economic activity, and preserving iconic historic places. It's an incredible win.

The National Trust has been deeply engaged on these issues for many years, working closely with congressional offices, partners, and advocates nationwide to develop resources, generate grassroots support, and help get this bill across the finish line. This summer, the Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate (73-25) and House of Representatives (310-107) with strong bipartisan votes, and many congressional champions and supporters helped make this happen.

Please join us in thanking your elected officials for their role in this historic achievement. We’re eager to continue the important work of saving places, together.

P.S. No rest for the weary, even in celebration… we’ll soon turn our attention to the implementation of this historic legislation, and we look forward to working with key stakeholders in the months and years ahead. Interested in going in-depth into this and other preservation policy issues? Sign up for our monthly government relations newsletter to learn more.

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