Yesterday President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act, on of the greatest conservation Acts signed in decades by any President.
Today Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced free entrance to national parks and public lands for August 5, 2020 (short notice, but if you’re near a park, GO!). He also permanently designated August 4th as “Great American Outdoors Day” – an annual free entrance day that celebrates President Trump’s signing of this landmark legislation.
The Great American Outdoors Act gives our national parks and federal lands the ability to perform some much needed deferred maintenance, repairs and upgrades to infrastructure and facilities.
“President Trump has just enacted the most consequential dedicated funding for national parks, wildlife refuges, public recreation facilities and American Indian school infrastructure in U.S. history,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “I’ve designated August 4th as Great American Outdoors Day and waived entrance fees to celebrate the passage of this historic conservation law.”
From the NPS:
The Great American Outdoors Act combines two major conservation initiatives into one legislative package. It establishes the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund (Restoration Fund) and guarantees permanent full funding for the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Funding of this magnitude will reduce the maintenance backlog, protect critical resources, increase recreational offerings, and focus on long-term sustainable operations for the next century.
Our National Parks are truly national treasures. Please visit the National Park Service to find out more about parks near you and nationwide HERE.