Great American Outdoors Act









The Great American Outdoors Act responds to the growing $5 billion backlog of deferred maintenance on national forest and grasslands, which includes $3.7 billion for roads and bridges and $1.5 billion for visitor centers, campgrounds and other facilities. The Forest Service currently administers more than 370,000 miles of roads, 13,400 bridges, 159,000 miles of trails, 1,700 dams and reservoirs, 1,500 communications sites, 27,000 recreation sites, and 40,000 facilities of other types. In addition to helping address deferred maintenance for these critical facilities and infrastructure, the Great American Outdoors Act will help the Forest Service to continue supporting rural economies and communities in and around national forests and grasslands across the country.

Signed into law the summer of 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act provides funding that will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forest and grasslands through 2025. The Forest Service is working closely with all interested publics to ensure the selected projects continue to meet local needs and maximize the benefits experienced by millions of Americans who visit and use their national forests and grasslands.

The proposed projects were selected based on seven criteria:

Reducing deferred maintenance; Promoting management of America’s forests; Improving visitor experience; Contributing to rural economic development; Improving visitor access; Ensuring health and safety; Leveraging partner contributions and resources


Intermountain Region Projects

Intermountain Region FY21 Projects – Authorized and funded LRF deferred maintenance projects in the Intermountain Region that will begin implementation in FY21

Intermountain Region 2022 Great American Outdoors Act proposed projects – LRF deferred maintenance projects proposed for FY22 are being reviewed for inclusion in the President’s FY22 budget. 

Intermountain Region Latest Updates

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2020 Success Stories

Manti-LaSal National Forest

Devils Creek Campground Project - Chiefs Review

Devils Creek Campground Project News Release