According to the actual bill language, Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (RNR) was designed “to promote innovative approaches to outdoor recreation on Federal land and to increase opportunities for collaboration with non-Federal partners, and for other purposes.” This bill, along with the SOAR Act, seeks to reduce permitting barriers by modernizing and expediting the system, and therefore increase access to public lands and waters.
Who are the sponsors/co-sponsors/who introduced it?:
- S. 1967: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Check out the 2 cosponsors here
- HR 3458: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT). Check out the 6 cosponsors here
What does this bill do for the outdoors?
According to this Outdoor Alliance blog post, “The bill:
- Supports the creation of state offices of outdoor recreation;
- Makes federal and state recreation passes more available and facilitates their online sale;
- Improves access to outdoor recreation programs for service members and veterans;
- Extends seasonal recreation opportunities where appropriate;
- Directs management agencies to develop recreation performance metrics for the evaluation of land managers;
- Adds recreation to the mission of important land management agencies, including the Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, FERC, and the Department of Transportation; and
- Helps land managers accept volunteers to conduct stewardship activities, and facilitate trail maintenance across agency jurisdictions.
- Most importantly, the bill will set up a process to help identify and protect important areas for outdoor recreation through a National Recreation Area System.”
What’s happening now:
In the Senate:
- S. 1967 introduced June 25, 2019
- Referred to Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Hearing held on October 31, 2019
Key takeaway from hearing: There is strong bipartisan support for this bill from Senators.
In the House:
- HR 3879 introduced June 25, 2019
- Due to the wide reach of implications of this Bill, it was referred to several committees:
- House Committee on Natural Resources (Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands), Agriculture (Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry), Transportation and Infrastructure (Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment), Energy and Commerce, and Armed Services (Military Personnel Subcommittee).
- Hearing held September 19, 2019
Key takeaway from hearing: There is strong bipartisan support for this bill from both members of Congress and witnesses who testified on behalf of land management agencies.
How can you take action?
Now that hearings are complete for this bill and there appears to be strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, it is important to keep up momentum by affirming your elected officials that voting “YEA” on RNR is the right thing to do for public lands and the outdoor recreation community. Utilize this easy-to-use l;etter writing tool created by the Outdoor Alliance below to tell your lawmakers that you support the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act.
- Action alert letter writing tool via Outdoor Alliance
- History of RNR: How the Recreation not Red-Tape Act got its Start
- 7 Ways the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act will help Outdoorists
- AMGA Recreation Not Red-Tape Testimony
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