S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) will provide $9.5 billion over 5 years to address the deferred maintenance backlog on federal public lands and waters with roughly $3 billion set aside to restore the infrastructure on lands and waters that are most important to sportsmen and women.
Specifically, the National Park Service (NPS) will be allocated 70% of the funds, 15% will be for U.S. National Forests (USFS), 5% for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), 5% for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and 5% for the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). CSF has played a leading role in ensuring that maintenance funding for USFS, USFWS, and BLM lands have been included in GAOA. This is critically important for America’s sportsmen and women.
Additionally, GAOA will provide permanent and dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually.
3 Key Provisions:
- Making Public Lands Public: 3% or $15 million - whichever is greater - of LWCF funds be made available for the purpose of securing additional public access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other outdoor-related activities.
- Full Funding for LWCF: The Great American Outdoors Act, in conjunction with S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, that was passed last year, will provide LWCF the opportunity to operate at full capacity to help expand public access to lands and waters that are currently inaccessible to the public.
- Addressing Maintenance Backlog: Our nation faces a $12 billion dollar maintenance backlog on federally managed public lands and this legislation will be a monumental step forward to providing our land managers with the necessary resources to address this issue so that America’s public lands can be enjoyed by sportsmen and women.
American Wildlife Conservation Partners Who Support the Great American Outdoors Act
Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member Sponsors of S. 3422
CSC Co-chair Martin Heinrich (NM)
CSC Vice-chair Senator Joe Manchin (WV)
CSC Vice-chair John Boozman (AR)
CSC Member Senator Cory Gardner (CO)
CSC Member Senator Steve Daines (MT)
CSC Member Senator Rob Portman (OH)
CSC Member Lamar Alexander (TN)
CSC Member Angus King (ME)
CSC Member Richard Burr (NC)
CSC Member Jon Tester (MT)
CSC Member Susan Collins (ME)
CSC Member Tom Udall (NM)
CSC Member Roy Blunt (MO)
CSC Member Shelley Moore Capito (WV)
CSC Member Thom Tillis (NC)
CSC Member Bob Casey (PA)
CSC Member Lindsey Graham (SC)
CSC Member Michael Bennet (CO)
CSC Member Bernie Sanders (VT)
CSC Member Jeff Merkley (OR)
CSC Member Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
CSC Member Dick Durbin (IL)
CSC Member Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
CSC Member Doug Jones (AL)
CSC Member Amy Klobuchar (MN)
CSC Member Debbie Stabenow (MI)
CSC Member Mitch McConnell (KY)
CSC Member Pat Roberts (KS)
CSC Member David Perdue (GA)
CSC Member Kevin Cramer (ND)
What CSF is Doing
CSF has played a leading role in securing a dedicated percentage of funds, roughly $3 billion, to be made available in this legislation to increase access for sportsmen and women. Through CSF’s efforts, S. 3422 now secures inclusion of non-NPS lands that are important to sportsmen and women, such as National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, and BLM lands. CSF continues to work to generate even stronger support for this legislation to ensure this bill passes the Senate and the House on a bipartisan vote through numerous alerts to CSC members.
Senate Leadership Commits to Passing Great American Outdoors Act
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
CSF Urges Congress to Pass Great American Outdoors Act
Monday, May 11, 2020
Senate Introduces Historic Bill to Increase Access and Restore Our Public Land Infrastructure
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Your opinion counts
A key component of the American System of Conservation Funding, the Pittman- Robertson Act directs excise taxes on firearms, ammo, and archery equipment to wildlife conservation. Since its inception in 1937 the Act has generated more than $12 billion towards conservation. However, there has been a loss of 5 million hunters in the past decade. One proposed solution to help fund conservation is to dedicate lottery proceeds for conservation purposes. Would you support this effort in your state?Vote Here
- Yes. (78.57%)
- No, only sportsmen and women should fund conservation. (14.29%)
- No, I support alternative funding mechanisms, but not lottery funds. (0.00%)
- Unsure. (7.14%)