Throughout Montana, the Great American Outdoors Act and its sibling, the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, are delivering funding for a wide array of natural resource, land management, national parks, and public recreation projects.
An article in the Helena Independent Record says that, “Millions of people each year enjoy forests and grasslands, and these investments will promote public-private partnerships, tourism and recreation, protect public lands, and ensure our national forests are accessible to all,” said Tom Vilsack, Agriculture secretary, in a press release. “These investments will also serve as a catalyst for rural economic development and employment opportunities.”
The article contains a lengthy and impressive list of Montana projects that will move ahead thanks to the GAOA, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund.
“Forest Service economists estimate that projects funded with these dollars will support roughly 4,400 jobs and contribute $420 million to the gross domestic product,” the Forest Service said.