Plano, Texas – Joe Biden’s plan to make the outdoors accessible to all Americans is here to stay.
But as the new administration prepares to take office on Jan. 20, one of the biggest challenges is finding the funding to keep it going.
The plan, unveiled by Biden on Tuesday, includes a series of steps that would see the Environmental Protection Agency pay for a variety of upgrades, including an expanded outdoor recreation area, to be built in the heart of the state, as well as new trails and other infrastructure.
Biden said in his plan that this year’s $3bn grant would be used to install more than 50 new outdoor recreation trails, create an additional 30,000 acres of recreational and camping land, build new hiking and biking trails, build more than 200 miles of new trail networks and build new outdoor education and training facilities.
“By investing in our country’s natural resources, including our outdoor recreation, we will build a stronger economy, better protect our environment and strengthen our economy,” he said.
In the meantime, Biden has promised to ensure the plan is implemented quickly, with the goal of implementing it by the end of this year.
Bidens plan would also see the EPA invest in several new programs, including a $3m expansion of the National Outdoor Recreation Area, which will include the construction of more than 2,500 new trails across the US.
He has also pledged to continue funding for the Department of Energy to install about 10,000 miles of trails across America.
The new parks and recreation initiatives would also help fund a new outdoor fitness center in Plano.
The Biden administration has announced plans to make it easier for Americans to get into the outdoors through the creation of an online program, including offering an interactive guide to outdoor recreation.
Bendigos new outdoor activity center will be built next to a new $3 million outdoor recreation facility, and will feature more than a dozen recreational and hiking trails, the White House said in a statement.
Biden also announced a new partnership with the American Outdoor Council to develop outdoor recreation education and education programs.
“This partnership will make it possible for outdoor recreation to be a safe and welcoming activity for everyone, regardless of where they live or how old they are,” he told reporters at the Whitehouse.
With Biden’s announcement, President Donald Trump has also indicated that he wants to spend more of the federal budget on outdoor recreation projects, and that he is considering including an additional $3 billion for the EPA to fund the project.
Bin Laden also announced plans for an expanded recreational and outdoor recreation program, which includes building more than 300 miles of trail networks.
The first phase of the new initiative will build about 4,000 new miles of recreational trails and will include approximately 6,500 acres of public and private land in the state of Texas, according to a White House statement.
“The Obama Administration’s National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association have made it clear that the federal government will not hesitate to invest in this important public resource,” said Biden.
This is the second major project announced by Biden during his time in office, and his administration is now trying to implement the plan.