GAOA News and Stories

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) signed into law on August 4, 2020, is landmark legislation for public lands impacting communities across the country. GAOA provides funding for improvements to infrastructure in national parks through the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund increasing opportunities for people to enjoy their parks. It also permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which provides grants to federal, state, and local governments support managing natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

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GAOA Stories

As projects get underway, discover stories of the impacts GAOA is having on communities across the country.

Aerial view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial next to the Tidal Basin
GAOA News Releases

Members of the media can find news releases about GAOA and specific projects related to National Park Service parks and programs.

Related Resources

  • Construction crews and a large crane on a bridge under construction
    Legacy Restoration Fund

    The National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund addresses extensive and long overdue maintenance and repair needs.

  • Kids running with kites in a grass field
    Land and Water Conservation Fund

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund gives back to communities by providing grants to protect local lands and waters.

  • Maintenance worker using a power drill on a boardwalk
    Deferred Maintenance and Repairs

    The National Park Service is working to address the repair backlog to preserve parks and provide a world-class visitor experience.

Last updated: November 9, 2023