Tell Congress: Support the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act
Outdoor recreation has become a major economic driver nationwide. In February 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated that the outdoor recreation economy is 2% of the U.S. GDP and growing at a faster rate than the overall economy. But recreation opportunities aren’t always easily accessible. Getting outdoors often requires permits, parking passes and camping fees which are critical to help maintain public land, but often involve a lengthy and confusing process. The Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (S. 1633 and H.R. 3400) aims to improve access to outdoor recreation opportunities on federal public lands. Please contact your Congress members and urge them to support S. 1633 and H.R. 3400.
The Recreation Not Red-Tape Act will improve access to outdoor recreation opportunities on federal public lands in multiple ways. First, it will expedite permits for recreation guides by simplifying the process and directing land management agencies to make all visitor passes and permits for guides available online. Second, it will hold agencies accountable for making recreation a priority by directing agencies to extend recreation seasons and streamlining and simplifying the Recreation Area program. Third, it will provide greater maintenance of public lands by encouraging more volunteer opportunities to help with maintenance projects, establishing a program for interagency trail management and expanding the Public Land Service Corps.
As the outdoor recreation economy grows it will become more important to expand access to federal public lands. Again, please contact your Congress members and urge them to support S. 1633 and H.R. 3400.