Great American Outdoors Act

Great American Outdoors Act

Author: American Fly Fishing Trade Association
Published: November 5, 2021

The Great American Outdoors Act has passed house and is headed to the President’s desk. This is big news for any outdoor enthusiast as it solely focuses on the conservation of our nation’s public lands and waters.

“Yesterday, the House approved the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) with a resounding vote of 310–107. Its passage ensures full and permanent funding – $900 million annually – for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and also dedicates another $9.5 billion over the next five years to tackle maintenance backlogs in our National Parks and other public lands and waters. The bill now goes to the president’s desk for his signature.

“Conservation victories do not come any bigger than this,” said Ben Bulis, President and CEO of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. “With full, dedicated and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, we have ensured that the foundation of our industry’s livelihood will only be stronger from this generation forward. Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act will safeguard the public lands and waters that we rely on for our outdoor pursuits, and that define our uniquely American landscape. This land is your land. This win is your win. We thank our congressional leaders for listening, taking action and making sure this landmark legislation reached the president’s desk.”


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