Great American Outdoors Act Projects

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) 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 improve outdoor recreation and contribute to economic growth and job creation in rural America. GAOA provides permanent, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that will advance the Administration’s 30 x 30 conservation goals and establishes a new National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) to address the deferred maintenance backlog for the Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior in fiscal years 2021-2025.

Locally, the Deschutes National Forest is conducting a number of projects due in part to funding from the Great American Outdoors Act. Check out how these funds are helping improve access, sustainability and safety to treasured places across Central Oregon!


  • Lava Lands Visitor Center Paving Project

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    Lava Lands Visitor Center serves as the focal point for heavy visitation within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The Lava Lands Visitor Center paving project focused on re-paving two asphalt parking lots and creating a new asphalt parking access roadway.

  • Lava River Cave Improved Access

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    The Great American Outdoors Act funded the final phase of improved access and safety to Lava River Cave, a heavily used recreation site. Work included rebuilding the existing 400’ asphalt trail from the parking lot and replacing handrails and site fencing to address safety and unauthorized access concerns.


  • Wyeth Access Road Reconstruction

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    The Deschutes National Forest recently completed a multi-phase reconstruction and enhancement project for the Wyeth Boat Launch, entrance road and parking areas. The Great American Outdoors Act funded the reconstruction of the access road into Wyeth Campground and Boat Launch. The Wyeth Boat Launch provides river access to a diverse group of users, including anglers, paddlers, floaters and kayakers.


Projects underway this season:

  • Campground Picnic Table & Fire Rings Recplacements

Pacific Northwest Region

The Great American Outdoors Act is funding deferred maintenance, improved transportation, and enhanced recreation infrastructure on National Forests across Oregon and Washington. Check out projects happening across the Pacific Northwest region!