Great American Outdoors Act + How Snow Pros Support Sustainability
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act on July 22, a landmark bill which will allocate billions of dollars to public lands.
According to a report by REI, this legislation will provide $900 million to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a bipartisan program that invests revenue from offshore energy development into public lands and waters. It will also set aside $9.5 billion over the next five years to address the longstanding maintenance backlog at national parks, national forests and other federal public lands.
“The historic and bipartisan passage of the Great American Outdoors Act highlights the power of the outdoors to unite our country. As a nation, we need to adopt bold policies that provide recreation opportunities for those that lack them, conserve more lands and waters to meet growing demand, and protect and strengthen the lands and waters that are already managed by federal agencies,” said Eric Artz, REI Co-op President and CEO.
PSIA-AASI is committed to sustainability and doing our part to preserve a winter environment to help make skiing and snowboarding possible for you, our 32,000 members, and the more than five million students you teach each year.
Our sustainability policy embraces collaborating with other established organizations that share our same values. For example, we’re working with Protect Our Winters (POW), to create programming that helps to educate about ways to preserve the winter environment.
Remember, snowy winters are crucial to the future of skiing and snowboarding, our profession, and, ultimately, our way of life.
Learn more about PSIA-AASI’s Sustainability Policy and see how you can do your part to protect natural resources to maintain our alpine snowpacks!