Interior Dept. to Invest $1.6 Billion for Public Lands and Tribal Schools
April 6, 2021
WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior announced last Friday that it will spend $1.6 billion in 2021 to address critical deferred maintenance projects, improve transportation and recreation infrastructure in national parks, national wildlife refuges, and at Bureau of Indian Education schools.
"This unprecedented investment will support an estimated 18,851 jobs and contribute $2 billion to the nation's gross domestic product in 2021," the department said in an announcement.
The funding was made possible by the newly created National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund established in 2020 by the Great American Outdoors Act.