Join us for a dive into two of the most important bills in the 117th Congress focused on recreation access to public lands: the SOAR Act and the MAPLand Act. Our policy experts will also be able to offer insight into the various other bills in play related to public lands access.
Very recently, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) re-introduced the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act a bill that would improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups.
U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced the bipartisan Modernizing Access to Our Public Land (MAPLand) Act alongside Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Barrasso (R-WY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Steve Daines (R-Mont), and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz). The MAPLand Act would digitize recreational access information and make those resources available to the public. The legislation would also provide federal land management agencies with funding and guidance to create comprehensive databases of available map-based agency records related to recreational access and use.
Steve Kline, Chief Polcy Officer, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Lisa Nichols, Access Advocacy Manager, onX Maps
Paul Sanford, National Recreation Policy Director, The Wilderness Society
Matt Wade, Advocacy and Policy Director, American Mountain Guides Association