President Trump on Tuesday morning signed the Great American Outdoors Act — a bipartisan legislation that will provide funds for the conservation and long term maintenance of public lands.
The bill was cosponsored by 59 members of the Senate, including 42 Democrats, 15 Republicans, and two independents. The Senate passed the legislation 73-25 in June, and the House voted in favor 310-107.
The act will direct up to $6.65 billion to park infrastructure and up to $3 billion for other agencies. It will also allocate $900 million to the Land and Water Conservation Fund each year and create an additional 100,000 U.S. jobs.
Funding will come from royalties from energy developments on federal lands and waters.
According to the Wall Street Journal, attendance in America's parks has decreased by 40% since April 2019. The funds provided through the Great American Outdoors Act will play a pivotal role in helping the country recover.
"Today's action is the most significant lands conservation accomplishment since President Teddy Roosevelt, and it is the single largest investment in America's national parks and public lands in United States history," a senior White House official said.