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)