We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Great American Outdoors Act. This is a historic win for both nature and people.

07.23.20

Bat Conservation International applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a sweeping and historic conservation bill Wednesday. 

The Great American Outdoors Act won approval with a 310-107 vote in the House, just weeks after it won overwhelming approval in the Senate. The measure now goes to the president for signature.

“The Great American Outdoors Act is a historic win for both nature and people,” said Mike Daulton, Executive Director of Bat Conservation International. “The Act will help protect millions of acres of national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands while also creating jobs and sustaining local economies.”

America’s public lands also are home to 45 species of bats, which play a vital role in restoring our natural ecosystems and supporting local economies.

The Act would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with $900 million annually from federal offshore oil and gas royalties.

Since its creation by Congress in 1965, the LWCF has helped protect millions of acres of national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands but has been chronically underfunded.

The Great American Outdoors Act also would provide $1.9 billion annually over five years to fix maintenance problems plaguing the national park system.