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#1 AWG_Pics

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 05:37 PM

The Great American Outdoors Act signed in August transfers revenues to our public lands from oil and gas royalty money derived from drilling on federal property. This money is deposited into two funds: the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

 

 

Here is a list of projects for this fiscal year: https://www.doi.gov/...dm-projects.pdf


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Posted 21 November 2020 - 06:36 PM

Nice to hear some good news about our park lands.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:59 AM

What percent of the moneys will be sent? I am trying to find specifics on this as amounts are important. So far I have not found info. Please steer me to documents if possible.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:11 AM

This is the source of the information I shared: https://wildfiretoda...eceive-funding/

 

Bill Gabbert is a straight shooter, but he can only report what he is told from reliable sources. That information is frustratingly hard to come by.


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:58 PM

There’s going to be a lot of construction in the next few years all across the US due to this passage. In reviewing the list I cannot disagree with any of the items I’m familiar with but it will cause some major disruption in parks like Glacier and Yellowstone since their construction season is relatively short.


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 03:13 PM

What percent of the moneys will be sent? I am trying to find specifics on this as amounts are important. So far I have not found info. Please steer me to documents if possible.

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50%

 

Here is the link to the official summary: https://www.congress...enate-bill/3422

 

"Introduced in Senate (03/09/2020)

Great American Outdoors Act

This bill establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands.

For FY2021-FY2025, there shall be deposited into the fund an amount equal to 50% of all federal revenues from the development of oil, gas, coal, or alternative or renewable energy on federal lands and waters. Deposited amounts must not exceed $1.9 billion for any fiscal year.

The fund must be used for priority deferred maintenance projects in specified systems that are administered by

  • the National Park Service,
  • the Forest Service,
  • the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
  • the Bureau of Land Management, and
  • the Bureau of Indian Education.

The Government Accountability Office must report on the effect of the fund in reducing the backlog of priority deferred maintenance projects for the specified agencies.

Additionally, the bill makes funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanent. The President shall annually report to Congress specified details regarding the allocation of funds to the LWCF. Congress may provide for alternate allocations using specified procedures."


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 03:22 PM

Thanks for link ... much obliged.
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Posted 22 November 2020 - 05:09 PM

Thanks for link ... much obliged.
I like to read fine print!

 

No problem. I don't trust any reporter or news outlet to properly describe or explain any legal matter so I always look it up myself.

 

This bill looks very promising and reminds me of the days when the Forest Service, BLM, NPS, etc. were funded mainly off of Forest Service timber and mineral sales. Without getting political it is frustrating this was completely ignored. The only reason I knew about it was the Department of the Interior's weekly news release. Even then it was a small foot note.


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