Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) of 2020 established the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) to address the maintenance backlog or deferred maintenance projects on federal lands.  The Act requires Congress to provide funding for the LRF in each of the fiscal years 2021 through 2025.  In FY 2021, 6 projects on the Bitterroot NF were chosen as priority projects for a total of $1.9 million. FY22 projects were submitted but are on hold until the budget is approved. 

2021 GAOA Accomplishments – By The Numbers

  • 600 miles of trails cleared, brushed, drainage improved, and tread repaired.  Partners included Montana Conservation Corps, Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, Idaho Trails Association, and Montana Wilderness Association.
  • Nearly 500 miles of trails maintained/improved on the east side of the Forest (Sapphires).
  • 87 deteriorating fire rings and 185 broken/rotten picnic table planks replaced to meet accessibility standards.
  • 85 miles of deferred roadside brushing completed.
  • 24 new recreation site signs purchased and installed.
  • 4 damaged information boards replaced at Rock Creek Horse Camp, Overwhich and Sweeney Trailheads.
  • New swim lines and buoys purchased for Lake Como Beach/Swim Area.
  • Accepted bids received on Gird Point and St. Mary’s Road improvement projects.  Lost Horse road work completed.

Click here to see a video of the Rock Creek Horse Camp GAOA improvement project featuring our own Shannon Harris and our partners, Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen.   

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