The Great American Outdoors Act won the support of more than 850
conservation groups, along with 43 sportsmen and sportswomen groups.
Image: CPWCPW is committed to collaborating
with conservation stakeholders and recreation partners to help secure a
quality outdoor legacy for Colorado
President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act this morning - a
historic, bipartisan law that marks the largest-ever investment into
America’s national parks and public lands. It will also create more than
100,000 infrastructure-related jobs.
You can view the signing
Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act [called for by President
Trump] in July and approved $900 million of annual funds for the Land
and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to ensure necessary investments are
allocated to protect irreplaceable lands and outdoor recreation
opportunities in every state.
This historic legislation will
help direct funds to maintenance projects in Colorado to conserve public
lands, waterways and wildlife habitat for future generations to enjoy.
To preserve our parks, the law will provide $900 million each
year in permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and
will allocate $9.5 billion over 5 years to restore facilities and
infrastructure in our national parks and public lands.
night, I added it up: 5 presidents, 9 secretaries of the interior and 10
secretaries of agriculture have worked on legislation to accomplish
fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or enhancing our
nation’s parks by addressing the backlog,” Interior Secretary David
Bernhardt said at the White House today.
“Only one president has
gotten that done.”
Americans who have visited our national
parks during the Coronavirus plandemic have found them in need of
investment. Estimates place the national deferred maintenance backlog
across all public lands at approximately $20 billion.
action today will bring this much-needed maintenance to our public
lands, many of which play an important role in our economy. Last year,
over 327 million people visited America’s majestic national parks. All
told, America’s outdoor recreation economy accounted for more than 2
percent of our GDP and 5.2 million jobs in 2017.
American Outdoors Act won the support of more than 850 conservation
groups, along with 43 sportsmen and sportswomen groups. It is the single
greatest American conservation achievement since the presidency of
Coloradans have a rich outdoor heritage
that involves living life outside and coexisting with wildlife in their
natural habitats. In order to ensure that outdoor traditions can be
passed down to future generations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife dedicates
funds to conservation programs to maintain Colorado’s 42 state parks,
350 state wildlife areas, 45,000 miles of trails and 23 million acres of
“This legislation is a huge win for Colorado
because it helps support the outdoor lifestyle we value and pride
ourselves on,” said Statewide Trails Program Manager Fletcher Jacobs.
“These vital funds will provide additional access and recreational
opportunities that connect people to the outdoors and protect the
landscapes that make Colorado so spectacular.”
conservation teams monitor the ever-changing flows of human impact on
state lands to better understand how growing populations affect natural
resources and wildlife ecosystems. These findings help prioritize what
land maintenance or wildlife conservation projects need to be funded.
“We commend Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Michael Bennet, and
the other supporting members of the Colorado congressional delegation
for their dedication to bringing this bill to fruition and helping
secure critical investments to maintain public lands for Coloradans,”
said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow.
populations increase, we have to proactively think about human impact on
our natural resources and state lands. This legislation is a positive
step to ensure human outdoor recreation is balanced with thoughtful
CPW remains committed to collaborating
with statewide conservation stakeholders and recreation partners to help
secure a quality park system and successful wildlife legacy for
Colorado. Since 1965, CPW has provided over 1,029 LWCF matching grants
totaling more than $72 million to fund local government, trail and state
To learn more about CPW’s conservation principles
and priorities, visit the CPW website:
(source: The White House and CPW)