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Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act to boost conservation

Man falls into hot spring at Yellowstone Park
Posted at 4:44 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 18:44:56-04

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, with a vote of 73-25.

The Great American Outdoor Act would provide funding to repair infrastructure in more than 400 national park sites, and provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Idaho’s National Forests have some of the largest deferred maintenance needs, such as roads and trails, while Yellowstone National Park has over $585 million in deferred maintenance costs. The bill does not spend taxpayer funds but instead utilizes existing funding from energy production on federal lands and waters.

The legislation is based off a framework of bipartisan legislation.