We have good news, outdoor advocates!
Outdoorists–and the world at large–could really use some good news right about now. You’ve likely heard the ruckus around Trump’s tweet about finally fully funding LWCF (despite his budget proposal that cuts funding by 97%). We’re giving this shady behavior a pass, because while these actions are clearly driven by the upcoming elections, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to fund our public lands and parks.
Here’s the deal: with the sudden push for Land and Water Conservation Fund full funding, another public lands bill swooped into the mix: the Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA). This bill is all about addressing the $20 billion in deferred maintenance for our national parks–but NPS parks aren’t the only public lands with a backlog, so advocacy groups rallied to get funding for National Forests, BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Education included too. And we succeeded!
This leads us to the Great American Outdoors Act–the new package including both permanent funding for LWCF and funding for ROPA. There is strong bipartisan support for the Great American Outdoors Act, but we need to keep the pressure on our senators to support and push it across the finish line.
What can you do? Get educated and take action via our friends at Outdoor Alliance.
Other outdoorsy things you ought to know:
- Pitt Grewe was named the new Director of Utah’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. Wondering what offices of outdoor recreation are–and if your state has one? We’ve got you covered here.
- Last week, a group of advocates hit the Hill in DC to lobby for America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act. Check out Nicole Brown’s insta-highlights from her experience advocating on the Hill.
- The Department of Interior is deflecting real answers on everything from the controversial BLM HQ move to funky numbers on oil in the Arctic, so the House Natural Resources Committee literally kept count of deflections during a recently hearing.
- Our amiga Karen Ramos, aka Nature Chola, has a new series on Instagram teaming up with artist Latasha Dunston to create outdoorsy loteria illustrations, and we are here for it.
- And because we could all use a moment of joy during these stressful times, please enjoy these illustrated one-star park reviews.
That’s a wrap for this week. Get out there this week, and tag us as you do good on your outdoorsy adventures: #outdooradvocacy!
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