08.04.20

Interior Designates August 4th as “Great American Outdoors Day,” a Fee-Free Day

Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate the historic signing of Gardner’s Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, D.C. – To commemorate the historic signing of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) Great American Outdoors Act, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt designated August 4th as “Great American Outdoors Day,” which will be a fee-free day for visitors at public lands managed by DOI. Entrance fees will be waived tomorrow, August 5th, 2020, and on August 4th each year moving forward for public lands managed by the National Park Service (NPS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

“This is a remarkable opportunity to celebrate historic legislation. Congress came together to pass the most significant conservation bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, in over 50 years with the largest infusion of funding to upkeep and protect our public lands that this country has ever seen,”said Senator Gardner. “Today is truly a special day for public lands in Colorado and across our great country, and reason to celebrate every August 4th.”

“President Trump has just enacted the most consequential dedicated funding for national parks, wildlife refuges, public recreation facilities and American Indian school infrastructure in U.S. history,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “I’ve designated August 4th as Great American Outdoors Day and waived entrance fees to celebrate the passage of this historic conservation law.”

Gardner’s Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law today, provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and addresses the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands, which includes projects at our National Parks.

Secretary Bernhardt’s proclamation declaring August 4th as “Great American Outdoors Day” is available here.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.