Through the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), the Department of the Interior is investing in much-needed maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure in our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas and schools managed by the Bureau of Indian Education. Importantly, the Department is also honoring our commitment to Tribal communities by investing in BIE-funded schools for current and future generations.
GAOA authorizes up to $1.9 billion annually for five years to fund deferred maintenance projects, investments that will also benefit underserved communities. GAOA also authorizes permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually to improve recreational opportunities on public lands, protect watersheds and wildlife, and preserve ecosystem benefits for local communities.
Legacy Restoration Fund
The Great American Outdoors Act Legacy Restoration Fund provides for up to $1.6 billion a year for five years to help address a multi-billion-dollar deferred maintenance backlog at national parks, on other public lands, and at tribal schools
LRF-funded projects will improve recreation facilities, visitor centers, dams, water and utility infrastructure, schools and other historic structures. Other projects aim to increase public access by restoring and repairing roads, trails, bridges, and parking areas.
Information for Contractors
LRF-funded projects will create both short- and long-term job opportunities, providing an economic boost to underserved communities.
A list of Interior’s FY21 deferred maintenance projects is available on the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) page.