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Sportsmen’s Act Passes Senate Committee with Bipartisan Support


Cara J

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, S. 556, by a voice vote on November 19. The bill has received broad bipartisan support and is part of a package of bills aimed at increasing opportunities on federal lands for sportsmen. The Sportsmen’s Act would set a national policy for federal departments and agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities on federal land, in part by compelling them to consider these activities in all federal land management plans. It would additionally require those agencies to conserve and enhance habitat and management of game species while respecting state management authority and private property rights. The Act also reauthorizes the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), both popular conservation programs. FLTFA allows the federal government to sell public land for ranching, community development, and other projects and use the revenue to purchase lands with high conservation value. LWCF creates a fund used by federal, state, and local governments to procure lands for conservation and increase recreational access. This LWCF provision requires that 40% of the funds go to state programs [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/sportsmens-act-passes-senate-committee-with-bipartisan-support/

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