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Outdoor recreation gets boost

Senate OKs Bill To Tackle Trail Maintenance

The U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act in June, sending it to the House for consideration.

The bipartisan bill would provide $2.8 billion for conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands, including $1.9 billion a year for the backlog of needed maintenance at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and rangelands.

“GAOA will boost recreation opportunities and the economy by helping powersports dealerships across the country,” said Erik Pritchard, president and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council. “I look forward to swift approval of the bill by the House.”

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Steven Daines (R-Mont.) lobbied heavily for the bill.

Photo by Ryan Williams