ASA welcomes signing of Great American Outdoors Act into law
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The historic Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) was signed into law yesterday (Monday) by President Donald Trump.
Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association, attended a ceremony at the US Department of Interior (DOI) headquarters, hosted by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, to celebrate the bill’s enactment.
The event also included the signing of a new proclamation establishing August 5th as Great American Outdoors Day.
“The sportfishing industry sincerely thanks President Trump and David Bernhardt for championing this critically important effort for conservation and outdoor recreation,” said Hughes. “Without their leadership, the GAOA, which will benefit the nation’s public lands for generations, could not have become law.”
The GAOA permanently funds the highly successful Land and Water Conservation Fund which, for the past five decades, has helped provide access to recreational areas, trails and waterways throughout the nation. Importantly for the sportfishing industry, the act ensures that $15 million annually is dedicated to expanding public access for fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation.
It also creates the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to address the crumbling infrastructure on America’s public lands and waters. This programme will provide $9.5 billion over five years to the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to improve trails, camp grounds, roads, visitor centres and other infrastructure.