WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced
that legislation he helped introduce, the Great American Outdoors Act, was
signed into law.
“The Great American Outdoors Act is one of the
most important packages of conservation legislation we’ve seen in decades,”
said Blunt. “This bipartisan bill will support significant improvements to
Missouri’s rich array of public lands and national parks, which will enhance
the visitor experience and boost the tourism and recreation industries. The
bill also provides permanent funding for the Land and Wildlife Conservation
Fund, which protects historical and environmentally-significant sites. In our
state, the LWCF has historically benefited the Mark Twain National Forest, the
Ozark National Scenic River, the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge,
and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. As an original cosponsor of this bill,
I’m glad Congress and the Trump administration were able to come together to
get this landmark legislation signed into law.”
Blunt previously spoke
on the Senate floor in support of the bill.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, in
a normal year outdoor recreation generates $14.9 billion in consumer spending,
supports 133,000 jobs across the state, and produces $889 million annually in
state and local tax revenue.