The Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act gave the USDA Forest Service new opportunities to deliver benefits to the American public through major investments in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation. These investments will enable communities to Build Back Better by contributing to  economic growth and job creation in rural America.

Legacy Restoration Fund

The Forest Service currently administers more than 370,000 miles of roads, 13,800 bridges, 159,000 miles of trails, 1,700 dams and reservoirs, 1,500 communications sites, 32,000 recreation sites, and 40,000 facilities of other types. The new Legacy Restoration Fund will allow the Forest Service to improve critical infrastructure essential to use and enjoyment of national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service receives 15 percent of all LRF funds, up to a maximum of $285 million per year.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Great American Outdoors Act secures $900 million in permanent funding each year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF programs are managed by the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior. The Forest Service administers two LWCF programs – the Forest Legacy Program and the Land Acquisition program – that together conserve critical and strategic lands across the nation’s forests and grasslands. Forest Service LWCF projects enhance recreational access to existing public lands, conserve working timberlands vital for local economies, and protect critical watersheds.

Learn More About Projects

FY21 Projects – Authorized and funded Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) deferred maintenance projects in Region 8 for implementation in FY21 can be found here.

Forest or Grassland

Project Name

State

Congressional District

Asset Type

Cherokee

Tellico Corridor and Road Improvements

TN

TN-01

Recreation Site, Public Service Facility, Road, Road Bridge, Water System

Daniel Boone

London District Administrative Site Reconstruction

KY

KY-05

Public Service Facility

El Yunque

El Portal Bridge Replacement and Visitor Improvements

PR

PR-At Large

Recreation Site

Chattahoochee-Oconee

Tallulah River Bridge #3 Replacement

GA

GA-09

Road Bridge

El Yunque

Big Tree and La Mina Trail Reconstruction

PR

PR-At Large

Trail, Trail Bridge, Recreation Site

Daniel Boone

Cave Run Lake Pavement Resurface

KY

KY-05, KY-06

Road, Recreation Site

National Forests in Florida

Black Creek Bridge Repair

FL

FL-02

Road Bridge

George Washington-Jefferson

Bolar Mountain Wastewater System Replacement

VA

VA-06

Recreation Site, Water System, Wastewater System

Ozark-St. Francis

Blanchard Springs Caverns Life Safety and Lighting Rehabilitation

AR

AR-01

Recreation Site, Trail

Francis Marion & Sumter

Cooter Creek Bridge Replacement

SC

SC-06

Road Bridge

Ozark-St. Francis

Bear Creek Lake Spillway Rehabilitation

AR

AR-01

Dam

National Forests in North Carolina

Davidson River Campground and Pisgah Sewer Reconstruction

NC

NC-11

 Recreation Site, Water System, Wastewater System

Francis Marion & Sumter

Nicholson Creek Bridges Replacement

SC

SC-01

Road Bridge

Ozark-St. Francis

White Rock Recreation Area Entrance Road

AR

AR-04

Recreation Site, Road

Ozark-St. Francis

Cove Lake Dam Spillway Rehabilitation

AR

AR-04

Dam

National Forests in North Carolina

Catawba Falls Trail & Trailhead Rehabilitation

NC

NC-11

Trail

Daniel Boone

Hughes Fork Culvert Replacement

KY

KY-05

Culvert

George Washington-Jefferson

Lower Sherando Dam Spillway Upgrade

VA

VA-06

Dam

National Forests in Alabama

Tallaseehatchee Creek Bridge Replacement

AL

AL-03

Road Bridge

Southern Region

Regionwide Campground, Kiosk, Toilet and Wastewater Day Use Site Repairs

AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA

Statewide

Recreation Site, Road, Road Bridge, Culvert, Trail, Trail Bridge, Dam, Water System, Wastewater System

National Forests in Texas

Double Lake Recreation Area Rehabilitation

TX

TX-08

Recreation Site, Trail, Water System, Wastewater System

Cherokee

Ocoee River Corridor Facilities and Access Improvements

TN

TN-01

Recreation Site, Road, Road Bridge, Culvert, Trail, Trail Bridge, Water System, Wastewater System

Chattahoochee-Oconee

Lake Winfield Scott Campground Reconstruction

GA

GA-09

Recreation Site, Road, Water System, Wastewater System, Trail

National Forests in Florida

Black Creek Bridge Replacement

FL

FL-02

Road Bridge

Francis Marion & Sumter

Buckhall Recreation Area Reconstruction

SC

SC-01

Recreation Site, Road

National Forests in Texas

Boykin Springs Recreation Area Parking Lot and Access Road Repair

TX

TX-01

Recreation Site, Road

For details of each project click here

 





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