A teenager stands on the top the Little Stony Man mountain waiting for sunset in the Shenandoah National Park – Photo from Getty Images
Outdoor lovers, ready for some good news?
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 73-25 to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, considered the biggest federal lands bill in 50 years. The bill fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year. The LWCF is considered the single largest funding source of outdoor recreation. Additionally, up to another $9.5 billion over five years will be provided to address backlogged maintenance issues in national parks and the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Education. Seventy percent of the $9.5 billion will go to the park service.
“By combining two longstanding public lands measures, the Great American Outdoors Act manages
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