With only two months left in 2020, many Americans are ready to write this year off and begin fresh in 2021. However, for those of us who participate in the outdoor lifestyle through hunting, fishing, hiking and more, 2020 hasn’t been a total wash. “Outdoors” was the one place we could escape the constant reminders of the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, there have even been a few moments during the year that caused us to give collective thanks.
One of those moments for celebration was on August 4, 2020, when President Donald J. Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act, which effectively enables national parks and other federal lands to repair and upgrade vital infrastructure and facilities. This is all designed to enrich the visitor experience, protect resources, and enable increased access for all visitors. (We also got another free public access day out of it!)
It all sounds great on paper, but what exactly does it all mean, and how will you notice it in your outdoor pursuits? Earlier this week, the Shoot Like a Girl organization hosted a Facebook Live event with guest Jenn Doherty, Director of Lands at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, to sort it all out. If you missed it, take a little time to watch this informative discussion about the Great American Outdoors Act, how those dollars will be applied, and how you might notice the results.