The Future of America’s Public Lands and the Outdoor Recreation Economy

A discussion on the implications of the Great American Outdoors Act


July 29, 2020


3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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RFF Live

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Congress recently passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA)—a landmark piece of legislation that could be a boon to both conservation and the economy. The GAOA permanently authorizes $900 million per year in spending on conservation efforts and creates a new $9.5-billion fund for deferred maintenance projects in national parks and on other federal lands.

Resources for the Future (RFF) is pleased to have hosted a key cosponsor of the GAOA, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), for a virtual RFF Live event on Wednesday, July 29. This webinar included a conversation on the implications of the bipartisan bill and the future of public lands and the outdoor recreation economy in the United States.


  • Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Margaret Walls, Resources for the Future (moderator)
  • Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future (introductory remarks)

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