About the Legacy Restoration Fund

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From parks and historic sites to refuges and recreation areas, America’s public lands are admired by people around the world. The Department of the Interior’s 2,400 locations around the nation encompass more than 480 million acres of public lands - or 20 percent of the nation’s lands and waters, including national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands. 

On August 4, 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law. The single largest investment in public lands in U.S. history, this landmark legislation established a new National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) to address the maintenance backlog on public lands and to guarantee permanent full funding for the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Funding

The Legacy Restoration Fund supports projects that address deferred maintenance on our nation’s public lands and at schools managed by the Bureau of Indian Education. The LRF is funded by 50 percent of all energy development revenues from oil, gas, coal, or alternative or renewable energy development on Federal land and water, up to $1.9 billion per fiscal year from FY 2021 through FY 2025. 

Funding is allocated to the National Park Service (70 percent), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (5 percent), Bureau of Land Management (5 percent), Bureau of Indian Education (5 percent), and the USDA Forest Service (15 percent). An annual list of projects will be submitted annually with the President’s budget request. 

Projects funded by the LRF present an unprecedented opportunity for Interior to invest in our public lands and infrastructure, creating good paying jobs and benefiting local communities and providing opportunities for businesses

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