The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) passed in August, and we can’t be more excited about what that means for the public use areas we use and love in the Tongass National Forest! The Great American Outdoors Act permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation fund, meaning improving recreation areas, creating more jobs, and increasing protections for fish and wildlife areas. With more time spent cooped up indoors, and desperate for fresh air after endless Zoom meetings, there could be no better time to celebrate the projects that are coming our way!
For Southeast Alaskans, marine access and transportation for guiding, fishing, hunting, subsistence, and getting to and from other communities is essential. GAOA funding will be used to address deferred maintenance issues on multiple docks and marine facilities, gangways, pads and piers throughout the Southeast Alaska region.
It’s no surprise that outdoor recreation and recreation access is on the rise and continues to be one of the most important public services provided by the Forest Service. We are excited about the variety of maintenance and infrastructure projects that are planned for the Tongass.