Historic Conservation Law Will Boost Outdoor Access, Economic Recovery
BOULDER, Colo. – The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and its 1,200 member businesses today celebrated the ‘Great American Outdoors Act’ being enacted into law after President Trump signed the bipartisan legislation. This historic conservation bill will provide $900 million in annual funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the nearly $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog on federal public lands.
“Making the ‘Great American Outdoors Act’ law accomplishes what the outdoor industry has always endeavored to do – support thousands of jobs, open up access to outdoor areas for more people, and give local communities more tools to thrive economically,” said Lise Aangeenbrug, executive director of OIA. “This achievement is all the more important in today’s environment as it will bring much-needed hope back to communities and businesses reliant on outdoor recreation.
“As many Americans are coming to more deeply understand the benefits the outdoors can provide, a solid federal infrastructure for our nation’s parks and waterways is essential. The outdoor industry could not be more pleased this vital, bipartisan piece of legislation was signed into law.”
In addition to receiving bipartisan support from members of both the House and Senate, several former U.S. secretaries of the Interior also expressed their support.
About the Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry. OIA unites and serves 1,200 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org.