Senate Sportsmen’s Bill Upholds Public Access, Conservation

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership | February 5, 2014


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A bipartisan legislative package introduced today in the U.S. Senate would increase public access opportunities and advance conservation and is drawing widespread support from prominent sportsmen’s groups, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership announced today.

The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act (S. 1996), introduced by Sens. Kay Hagan and Lisa Murkowski, attracted an impressive range of co-sponsors, including Sens. Mark Begich, John Boozman, Dean Heller, John Hoeven, Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin, Rob Portman, Mark Pryor, Jon Tester and David Vitter.

“The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership supports the bipartisan sportsmen’s package led by Senators Hagan and Murkowski,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh. “Sportsmen rely on both the conservation of important habitat and, just as important, reasonable access to that habitat to enjoy productive days afield. This package includes bills that achieve both of those goals.

“Hunting and fishing directly contribute more than $86 billion to the U.S. economy each year and support approximately 1.5 million non-exportable jobs,” Fosburgh continued. “Sportsmen also are integral to the broader outdoor recreation and conservation economy, which is responsible for $646 billion in direct consumer spending annually.”

The Senate legislation includes the following:

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