RVIA: Inflation Discount Act’s Influence on Outside Recreation – RVBusiness


EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a News & Insights report from the RV Industry Association (RVIA).

Last week, President Joe Biden signed the anti-inflation bill into law that the House and Senate had previously passed along the party line. The sweeping package to tackle climate change, cut health care costs, raise taxes, reduce the deficit and provide significant new funding for national parks and public lands includes several provisions of particular interest to RV manufacturers and suppliers.

So far, we’ve explained the tax changes, energy and climate regulations, and health and Medicare regulations in the bill. Today we take a look at the outdoor recreation provisions in the new law.

Deferred maintenance of the national park system

$200 million to complete priority deferred maintenance projects within the boundaries of the national park system.

Protection and resilience of national parks and public lands

$250 million to implement conservation, protection and resilience projects of land and resources managed by the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management to ensure the health and well-being of our public lands for future generations of to ensure park visitors.

Protection of national parks and public lands and restoration of ecosystems

In addition, the bill provides an additional $250 million to implement projects to protect, restore ecosystems and habitats on lands managed by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Interestingly, none of the funds provided in this section or in the resilience section above are subject to a cost-sharing or matching requirement.

National Park Service staff

$500 million to hire staff in national park system units that are severely understaffed to ensure the parks remain open to the public.

Funding of the forest service

Includes $1.8 billion for hazardous fuel reduction on national forest lands and $200 million for vegetation management projects to reduce wildfires and restore healthy forests.

For more information or if you have questions about the provisions of the new law, please contact the RV Industry Association’s federal affairs team: Chris Bornemann at [email protected] or Samantha Rocci [email protected].