Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is a historic investment in the protection and sustainment of our public lands and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded schools. GAOA established the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund (GAOA LRF) to address overdue maintenance needs. GAOA also permanently authorized funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) — a separate fund aimed at safeguarding our natural areas and cultural heritage.

By addressing the maintenance backlog, we help ensure that visitors and staff are safe and comfortable as they access our national parks, public lands and roads, national wildlife refuges, and BIE-funded schools. We’re excited about the important work the U.S. Department of the Interior and bureaus are planning and executing through GAOA LRF. We hope you’ll take the time to explore the projects we have featured on this site to see how this significant legislation is benefiting visitors and their communities across the country.

What's New on the GAOA LRF Website

  • Golden sun reflecting on mountain peaks with cloudy skies in the background and still water with rocks in the foreground. Mountain peaks are reflected on the water.
    Learn more about the largest-ever investment in public lands, the Great American Outdoors Act, and the widespread impact it has on visitors, local communities, and the natural landscape.

    GAOA LRF Program Impacts

  • An excavator pulls up dirt, surrounded by dirt hills and shrubs.
    GAOA LRF funds projects across the country that repair roads, buildings, trails, BIE-funded schools, and more on our public lands.

    GAOA LRF Projects in Action

  • Digging a trench to lay down new water lines along Moraine Park Road
    Learn about how GAOA LRF will improve the condition of more than 3,000 unique Department of the Interior assets.

    Improving Real Property Assets with GAOA LRF

  • Crowd stands in front of the revitalized mammoth cave hotel
    Explore GAOA LRF in the News to stay up to date on GAOA LRF project updates and milestones.

    GAOA LRF in the News