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

FY22 Projects – Authorized and funded Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) deferred maintenance projects in Region 8 for implementation in FY22 can be found below

Forest/Unit Project
NFs in Alabama Lee Creek Bridge
NFs in Alabama Payne Lake Dam Spillway  
NFs in Alabama Coleman Lake Renovation
NFs in Alabama Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area
NFs in Alabama Bartram Trail Bridge Repair
Daniel Boone Forest-Wide Legacy Trail Bridges
Daniel Boone Stearns District Replace Minor Recreation Features
Chattahoochee-Oconee Lake Winfield Scott Campground Improvements
Chattahoochee-Oconee Southern Region Wilderness Trail Projects
Cherokee Ocoee River Corridor Facilities and Access Improvements
Cherokee Tellico Corridor and Road Improvements
Cherokee Forest Historic CCC Structures and Site Rehabilitation
NFs in Florida Repave Road 210 & Olustee Beach Boat Ramp Parking Lot
NFs in Florida Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs Boardwalk Replacement
Kisatchie Longleaf Vista Toilet Replacement
NFs in Mississippi Little Tiger All-Terrain Vehicle Trailhead and Access Road
NFs in Mississippi Shockaloe Horse Trail
GW-Jeff Sherando Recreation Area Rehabilitation
GW-Jeff Roaring Run Road Bridge Superstructure Replacement
GW-Jeff Comers Creek Appalachian Trail Bridge Replacement
GW-Jeff Virginia Creeper Trail Renovation
Ozark-St. Francis Shores Lake Road Reconstruction
Ozark-St. Francis Blanchard Spring Caverns Life Safety and Lighting Rehabilitation
Ozark-St. Francis Bear Creek Lake Spillway Rehabilitation
Ozark-St. Francis Cove Lake Dam Spillway Rehabilitation
Ozark-St. Francis Blanchard Sewage Line Replacement
Ozark-St. Francis Blanchard Springs Caverns Visitor Center Renovation
NFs in North Carolina

Davidson River Campground and Pisgah Sewer Reconstruction

NFs in North Carolina Joyce Kilmer Rehabilitation
NFs in North Carolina Old Fort Picnic Area Rehabilitation
NFs in North Carolina Cradle of Forestry in America National Historic Area Major Rehabilitation
NFs in North Carolina Roan Mountain Well and Water System Relocation and Site Reconstruction
NFs in North Carolina Curtis Creek Campground Pit Toilet Replacement
NFs in North Carolina Stackhouse Boat Launch
NFs in North Carolina Joyce Kilmer Memorial Loop National Recreation Trail Maintenance
NFs in North Carolina Poplar Boat Launch Deferred Maintenance and Remodeling
NFs in North Carolina

Uwharrie Hunt Camp Improvements

Francis Marion & Sumter Cooter Creek Bridge Replacement
Francis Marion & Sumter Nicholson Creek Bridges Replacement
Francis Marion & Sumter Recreation Deferred Maintenance
NFs in Texas Historic Boykin Springs Log Shelter Rehabilitation
NFs in Texas Double Lake Campground and Recreation Site Rehabilitation
El Yunque Yokahu Tower Maintenance
El Yunque Historic Stonework Restoration
Land Between the Lakes Hillman Ferry Campground Restroom Replacement