In the two National Forests, which span much of western Virginia, the Great American Outdoors Act will build a new superstructure for the bridge that leads to the Roaring Run in Botetourt County, as well as work on the Virginia Creeper Trail in Washington and DC Counties Grayson, a new bridge over Comers, is funding creek on the Appalachian Trail and repairs to the dam and recreation area at Sherando Lake.
Nationwide, the law approves up to $ 1.9 billion per year through fiscal 2025 to reduce postponed maintenance to federal states.
The act also allocates $ 900 million annually to the Land and Water Fund, which has become too scarce due to skirmishes in Congress in recent years, to improve outdoor recreation, protect water catchment areas and wildlife, and take advantage of the ecosystem for the local communities.
“One of the best investments we can make is protecting the land and waters that feed us and future generations,” Interior Minister Deb Haaland said in a June 3 statement.
Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, has been pushing for national park funding for years. Its original bill to reduce the maintenance spending backlog was incorporated into the Great American Outdoors Act, which was also endorsed by Virginia’s other Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.
In the House of Representatives, Ben Cline, R-Botetourt County MP, voted against the measure.