The National Park Service has announced a fee free day Thursday at all NPS sites. Photo Courtesy NPS
BANDELIER NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, Aug. 4 will be a fee free day for everyone providing no cost access to all of America’s National Park Service sites including Bandelier National Monument in honor of the Great American Outdoors Act.
The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), passed in 2020, improves infrastructure and expanding recreation opportunities in national parks and other public lands. The legislation established the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund and guaranteed permanent funding for the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund, supported by revenue from energy development, provides up to $1.9 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks and other public lands ensuring their preservation and providing opportunities for recreation, education and enjoyment for current and future visitors. GAOA, the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other construction funding sources are part of a concerted effort to address the extensive maintenance backlog in national parks.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund receives up to $900 million a year from offshore oil and natural gas royalties. This funding assists national parks in the acquisition of essential lands and provides states with money to invest in local conservation and recreation opportunities.