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05-05-20 | Legislation

ASLA Pushes for Legislation to Support Nation Parks

Bill S. 3422 can help Americans get back to work

ASLA is pushing to include the National Parks in stimulus legislation

Health is at the forefront of everyone's thoughts, and the comfort of gaining control of one's wellbeing is invaluable. The ASLA has expressed the idea that being outdoors contributes to an individual's health. Therefore, they have been extremely vocal in their push for legislation that invests in that ideal.

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Bill S. 3422, known as the Great American Outdoors Act, pushes for complete funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It also helps contribute to the $12 billion in the National Park Service's maintenance backlog by establishing the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which directly supports deferred maintenance plans on federal lands. More specifically, projects that administered under the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Education would all see support from the passing of this bill. In this way, the bill would establish immediate and lasting aid with the LWCF and long-term assistance to the National Park's and ultimately contribute to economic production.
The ALSA is pushing for this funding to be included in potential upcoming stimulus packages for Coronavirus relief. In this way, the legislation can be further prioritized as it carries a greater sense of urgency than it otherwise would have been. The country's outdoor recreation economy supports about 5 million jobs and contributes over $775 billion annually in economic output. The overarching objective of this bill is to help get Americans back to work while building up our outdoor spaces.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3422
https://www.asla.org/advocate.aspx

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