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.

  • A flock of birds flying over water with snow covered mountains in the background
    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.


  • The Jefferson Monument with pink blooming cherry blossoms blooming in the foreground
    GAOA LRF funds projects across the country that repair roads, buildings, trails, BIE-funded schools, and more on our public lands.


  • Workers completing repairs on the Punta Gorda Lighthouse, surrounded by metal fencing with a blue sky and ocean in the background.
    Learn about how GAOA LRF improves the U.S. Department of the Interior's asset management by addressing deferred maintenance and repair needs.

    Deferred Maintenance and Repair

  • Red rock sandstone with trees and a small waterfall
    Explore GAOA LRF websites from the land management agencies that receive project funding and discover more contracting opportunities.

    GAOA Resources