H.R. 1581: Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act
H.R. 1581 would help rectify the serious problem faced by hunters who are being denied or limited in their access to wilderness and roadless areas on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (Bureau) and United States Forest Service (Forest Service). Currently the Bureau manages over 6.5 million acres as Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) even though the agency has recommended to Congress that these areas are not suitable for wilderness designation.
The two agencies’ protectionist management severely restricts hunter access to these lands by 1) failing to authorize roads and trails that would help disabled and elderly hunters access hunting areas; 2) prohibiting or limiting hunters from using carts for game retrieval; and 3) reducing hunters’ ability to access lands inaccessible by existing roads and trails.
Read SCI Supported Key Protective Legislation
|H.R. 1444: Federal Management Plans Include Hunting|
|H.R. 1997: Making Public Lands Public Access Act|