Congress to hold hearing on Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation on Public Lands

Contact your Representative to voice your support!

The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, chaired by Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled a hearing on June 22 entitled "Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation on Public Lands." The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) applaud Chairman Bishop for holding this hearing.

To view a live webcast of the hearing on June 22, at 10 a.m. EDT, click here.

This hearing is a great opportunity to showcase how responsible motorized recreation on public lands is beneficial. From friends and families recreating together to local economies benefiting, the responsible motorized recreation community deserves to have fair access to our public lands as any other user currently enjoys.

However, the off-highway vehicle (OHV) community constantly faces proposals (e.g., the Wild Lands designation), legislation and regulations that restrict access to public lands. Moreover, the OHV community is restricted from accessing Wilderness Study Areas and Inventoried Roadless Areas even though land managers determined some of these areas unsuitable for congressional Wilderness land-use designations. Motorized recreation is banned on Wilderness land.

As a result of these threats to access, the Subcommittee may mention H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act, introduced by Representative and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) along with Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM), Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus. This bill would remove restrictions to motorized access on more than 40 million acres of public land nationwide.

The AMA and ATVA support this bill and applaud Reps. McCarthy, Bishop and Pearce for helping every American achieve greater access to our public lands. For more information on this bill, click here.

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