Great American Outdoors Act National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund Newsroom

Secretary Haaland Highlights Infrastructure, Legacy Pollution Clean-Up Investments in Missouri (


During a visit to Gateway Arch National Park, Secretary Haaland announced a new $17 million investment from GAOA that will enable the park to continue restoration of the Old Courthouse — the site of the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott case in 1847 and 1850 — which will help restore the upper floors and exterior of the building. At the completion of the project, the Old Courthouse will have improved accessibility that will allow more visitors to visit this historic place, modernized utilities that will improve the visitor experience, and new exhibits that will tell a fuller story of the Dred Scott case and its impacts on American history.

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National Park Service Director Sams Highlights Interior’s Work to Protect and Conserve Black History and Expansion of Reconstruction Era National Historic Network During Visit to South Carolina (


While in Yosemite National Park, Sams also toured two historic buildings with rehabilitation and preservation projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund. GAOA funded Maintenance Action Teams composed of skilled craftspeople from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center are performing the work.

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Monument to begin improvements on Whitehouse Road (


The BLM is preparing to improve access to Whitehouse Campground and Trailhead in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. During the construction, access to the campground will be temporarily limited beginning Tuesday, February 6 through Friday, March 29, 2024. This improvement project, funded by The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), is approximately 43 miles east of Kanab, Utah.

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A Trail of Impact: Youth Empowerment through Restoration at Theodore Roosevelt National Park (


On the western edge of North Dakota, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) is not just preserving national parks; it's shaping the future for a new generation of park stewards. Part of the GAOA LRF funding is directed towards Maintenance Action Team (MAT) projects, which specifically target supporting small and medium-sized parks, fostering cost-effective project execution, and inviting the next generation to discover meaningful work with purpose.

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