On August 4th, President Trump signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act. The bill was supported by a strong bipartisan coalition in both the US House of Representative and the US Senate.
The Great American Outdoors Act has two main components. The first calls for full and permanent funding of $900 million each year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the amount it is authorized to receive each year from offshore oil and gas revenues. LWCF has been used in every state for more than 50 years to protect places such as national wildlife refuges, historic sites, state parks, and municipal recreational areas. The other component would invest $1.9 billion annually for the next five years to address deferred maintenance issues on federally-owned public lands, including Acadia National Park and the White Mountain National Forest.
Both of Maine’s Senators (Susan Collins and Angus King) and the state’s two Representatives (Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden) were strong supporters of the measure. Contact their offices and/or tag them in social media posts today – thank them for their support!