On June 17, 2020, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that guarantees mandatory, permanent financing for the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million a year and sets aside $12 billion to deal with the maintenance backlog on federal public lands.

The bill heads to the House of Representatives for voting on July 22, 2020 and we’re asking you to take two minutes today to email your representative urging support.

“This is the big one,” says Lise Aangeenbrug, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association. “It’s the final legislative step for this bill.”

OIA has made it super easy to email your representative. Just go here and enter your information. The tool identifies the rep tied to your address and inserts the request for support. It literally takes two minutes and is a powerful way to make your support for public lands heard in Washington.

You can read the full text of the bill here.


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