Public Land Solutions:

State and Federal Policy

In addition to working directly with communities on recreation economy issues, Public Land Solutions also works on state and federal policies that affect public lands of all types.

Conditions on public lands continue to change, and meeting the needs of gateway communities often requires improvements and updates to public lands policies, legislation and partnerships. For example, PLS is currently supporting a proposed bill titled the Rural Outdoor Investment Act, which would expand opportunities for communities to tap into economic development funds that support investment in recreation assets to meet growing community demand for access to natural places.

Past Policy Work

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization and Permanent Funding

The LWCF program has provided outdoor opportunities in every county in the country and is a key tool for continuing to grow outdoor access.

The Great American Outdoors Act

In addition to reauthorizing LWCF, this landmark legislation also provides revenue from energy development of up to $1.9 billion annually for the next five years for much needed maintenance of critical facilities and infrastructure in our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas.

Public Land Bills

PLS has worked with a variety of communities seeking new designations for their local public lands to better manage those lands for future generations.

State Recreation Offices and State Commissions

Public Land Solutions works with State Directors of Recreation and with commissions created by state legislatures to fund and support outdoor recreation.