Workers install a water control structure structure
Something temporarily or permanently constructed, built, or placed; and constructed of natural or manufactured parts including, but not limited to, a building, shed, cabin, porch, bridge, walkway, stair steps, sign, landing, platform, dock, rack, fence, telecommunication device, antennae, fish…

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at Santee National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina.

This landmark conservation law, enacted in 2020, authorizes the use of  up to $1.9 billion a year in energy development revenues for five years for needed maintenance to critical facilities and infrastructure in our wildlife refuges, national parks, forests, recreation areas and American Indian schools.

The law also authorizes the use of  $900 million in royalties from offshore oil and natural gas drilling sites to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund to invest in conservation and recreation opportunities across the country.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure portfolio drives local economic activity and supports every recreation and conservation activity that occurs on Service lands.

Infrastructure is always degrading: As one structural problem is fixed, others develop. Service structures are particularly vulnerable to deterioration because of remote field locations and the increasingly destructive effects of  climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's…

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To repair and maintain its vast portfolio of constructed real property assets, the Service receives about $170 million a year in Congressional appropriations. The Public Lands Restoration Fund established by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) directs 5% of energy development revenues received annually — or $95 million per year — to the Service for priority projects to reduce the maintenance backlog at national wildlife refuges. That backlog affects facilities including visitor centers, roads, trails and other critical infrastructure.

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