Restoring our national parks: Evangelicals support the Great American Outdoors Act

  • Published on June 8th, 2020

With the current COVID-19 crisis, safe and easy access to the gift of America’s beautiful outdoors has never been more important for our spiritual, physical, and emotional health. Years of deferred maintenance have left our National Parks and other public lands with deteriorating infrastructure and crumbling trails, roads, and visitor centers. By establishing the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Fund, the Great American Outdoors Act ensures safe access to the healing benefits and sacred experience of God’s creation for our children today and for generations to come. Immediate, shovel-ready jobs restoring our Parks’ aging infrastructure and preserving the natural beauty of God’s creation will provide a desperately needed economic boost to communities and workers across America.

Yellowstone National Park Image by David Mark from Pixabay

By Dr. Jessica Moerman
Evangelical Environmental Network

We thank and applaud Representatives Cunningham (D-SC), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Mike Simpson (R-ID), TJ Cox (D-CA), John Katko (R-NY), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Kendra Horn (D-OK), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Jared Golden (D-ME), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) for introducing the Great American Outdoors Act to the House of Representatives. This important bipartisan legislation provides full and permanent funding for the Land Water and Conservation Fund (LWCF), addresses the backlog of much needed repairs and maintenance in our National Parks, and is a win for the economy, God’s creation, and everyday Americans.

Since its passage in 1964, LWCF has been a critical engine for developing new or revitalizing existing federal, state and local parks, playgrounds and recreation centers, and urban wildlife refuges and trails. By permanently and fully funding LWCF at $900 million per year, the Great American Outdoors Act ensures that funding intended to conserve and protect our vital resources, landscapes, and public green spaces is no longer diverted to unrelated projects.

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As our country responds and seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great American Outdoors Act provides critical investment to communities throughout the United States, creates sustainable and immediate jobs in a time of great economic need, and protects and preserves unique and irreplaceable places in God’s creation. We are grateful to Rep. Cunningham and the other 11 original co-sponsors for their leadership. We call on all of Congress to support this critical legislation and urge President Trump to uphold his prior commitment to this bill by signing it into law.

(Originally appeared at CreationCare, the website of the Evangelical Environmental Network. Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

About the Author

EEN is a biblically based ministry dedicated to the care of God's creation. EEN is made up of both individual members who believe in and support our vital ministry and major evangelical organizations who work with EEN to help equip, educate, disciple, network, and mobilze the church for the care of God's creation. Creation-care means caring for all of God's creation by stopping and preventing activities that are harmful (e.g. air and water pollution, species extinction), and participating in activities that further Christ's reconciliation of all of creation to God. Doing creation-care fills us with the joy that only comes from doing the will of God.