Great American Outdoors Act Makes Public Lands More Accessible
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The nation’s public lands are for everyone, and we at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which is helping make greater access possible.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is a jewel, and we’re committed to making sure everyone can witness the staggering beauty and conservation value of national wildlife refuges.

With its nearly $100 million per year to reduce the maintenance backlog at refuges, the Great American Outdoors Act Great American Outdoors Act
This landmark conservation law, enacted in 2020, authorizes the use of up to $1.9 billion a year in energy development revenues for five years for needed maintenance to facilities and infrastructure in our wildlife refuges, national parks, forests, recreation areas and American Indian schools.

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ensures more people have better access to nature. This includes projects that:

Heavy machinery begins work at Camas National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho, on June 16, 2022.

Camas National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho is in the midst of a project that will do pretty much all of the above and more: rehabilitate the water delivery systems, improve wildlife habitat, enhance public access to better support visitors with disabilities, and improve roadways.

More projects are underway throughout the country, often small-scale infrastructure repair projects at refuges, many of which are in rural and underserved locations.

Thanks to the Great American Outdoors Act together with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. We were directly appropriated $455 million over five years in BIL funds for programs related to the President’s America the Beautiful initiative.

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we are making the public lands and waters we manage a better fit for the needs of the 21st century. Increasing access to public lands for all Americans, a key goal of the Biden-Harris administration (ours, too).

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