"The First District of Michigan has four National Parks, three National Forests, five National Wildlife Refuges and more freshwater shoreline than any Congressional District in the United States. We also have the most avid hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts in the country, and we know firsthand the importance of our public land. Conserving our natural resources and protecting our way of life is not a partisan issue - I was proud to support this once in a generation legislation, and look forward to President Trump signing this into law," said Rep. Bergman.
The Great American Outdoors Act is widely supported across the First District by sportsmen and sportsmen groups, outdoor recreation businesses, forest owners, and the timber and logging industries. In March, President Trump called on Congress to "stop kicking the can down the road, fix the aging infrastructure at our national parks and permanently fund conservation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund."
This historic legislation:
- Provides $9.5 billion over 5 years to restore the infrastructure on our federal public lands and waters;
- Allocates $3 billion for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting activities on public lands and waters within the U.S. Forest Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and the Bureau of Land Management;
- Permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); and
- Sets aside $15 million of LWCF funds annually for increasing opportunities for hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and others.
The National Park Service has over $49 million in deferred maintenance in the First District alone.
Learn more about the impact the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service have on Michigan’s economy: