Hallelujah, it has happened! The U.S. House of Representatives’ Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Congress-Critters of all stripes got together and passed H.R. 1957, the ‘Great American Outdoors Act’. Although any conservation measure should include bipartisan support, they don’t always–and that’s why we here at Popular Outdoorsman are so excited to hear that this historic legislation is heading for the Oval Office to be signed into law.
If you’ve seen how tired and dilapidated so many of the public services in our national parks are, you already know how important this is. But it’s not just about improving our experiences on public lands. The Great American Outdoors Act funds wildlife habitat conservation as well as road and trail repairs and increased access for all Americans. It’s a promise to future generations of outdoorsmen and women to support wildlife conservation, public land hunting, and recreational shooting.
The Great American Outdoors Act ensures full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the maintenance backlog of public lands and water projects across the United States.
“This will be a great example of a promise kept by the Trump Administration for America’s sportsmen and women,” said Lawrence G. Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith recognize that our nation’s public lands belong to all Americans and the Trump Administration delivered on the guarantee that those lands and waters are accessible to America’s conservation-minded hunters and recreational target shooters. Those men and women are the greatest stewards of our natural resources and this initiative to expand and open new opportunities will nurture the next generation to enjoy and preserve our national outdoor heritage.”