Wed Jun 26, 2019
Author: RV News
Federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are today introducing legislation to improve access to outdoor recreation. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, along with Reps. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., are proposing a law that could help remove barriers to outdoor recreation and boost rural economies across the country.
The Recreation Not Red Tape (RNR) Act would promote access to outdoor recreation and allow more visitors. It would streamline the permitting process for guides and recreation enthusiasts, hold federal agencies accountable for making outdoor recreation a priority and increase volunteerism to address the maintenance backlog on America’s public lands.
“Right now, there’s too much bureaucratic red tape getting in the way of nature enthusiasts and the small businesses that help them take advantage of the endless recreation experiences our public lands offer,” Wyden said. “This bill is about breaking cumbersome and unnecessary barriers to outdoor recreation in the spirit of local job creation and access to our treasured public lands.”
Wyden and Bishop introduced the RNR Act in 2017 after gathering input from outdoor enthusiasts from across the country about how to improve processes that make it more difficult for businesses to thrive.
“In my home state of Utah and in many other places, the recreation industry is inextricably linked to the lives and livelihoods of the region,” Bishop said. “This bipartisan bill will encourage the federal and state governments to collaborate on ways to enhance and increase access to public lands. Americans should be able to enjoy the outdoors without the burden of bureaucracy standing in their way.”
Wyden also introduced a previous version of the RNR Act in 2016. Several pieces of it have since become law, including one that called for a study to discover the real-world economic impacts of outdoor recreation.
“Twenty-five million Americans go RVing each year and many of their adventures lead them to our public lands and waters. The Recreation Not Red-Tape Act will improve the experiences of these RVers by making recreation a priority on federal lands, improving recreational access and removing unnecessary barriers so all Americans can enjoy outdoor recreation experiences,” RVIA Vice President of Government Affairs Jay Landers said. “Of particular importance to RVers, this bill tasks federal land agencies to develop management plans for extending the recreation season or increasing recreation use in a sustainable manner during the off-season. This provision will help address federal campground overcrowding threatening the growth of the $114 billion RV industry, which drives economic growth in the surrounding local communities and economies."
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To see a one-page summary of the bill, click here.