California Receives $35 Million for Public Lands and Conservation Efforts


The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced a $35.6 million investment from the Great American Outdoors Act to support 35 projects across 16 national forests in California for fiscal year 2024. This funding, part of the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, aims to improve infrastructure, recreation facilities, and conservation efforts.

The funding is part of a larger $2.8 billion proposal by the Departments of Agriculture and Interior for fiscal year 2025 to address deferred maintenance and enhance public lands access. Since 2021, the Forest Service has completed over 267 projects nationwide, with more than 880 projects currently underway.

This investment is expected to support more than 20,000 jobs nationally and addresses a growing $8.6 billion backlog of maintenance on public lands. For more information, contact the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region.