Sending Office: Committee on Natural Resources – Minority Staff
We invite you to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 4489, the Authorizing Critical Conservation for Sportsmen and Sportswomen (ACCESS) Act. We introduced this bill to reauthorize key conservation programs and promote sportsmen and women’s interests on our public
lands. H.R. 4489 has already been endorsed by sporting and conservation groups including the National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
There has been consensus between conservationists and sportsmen for decades: we need sound environmental policies which enhance habitat and increase public lands access. Promoting outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing, is key to getting Americans
outside and into nature.
The ACCESS Act will reauthorize more than a dozen critical conservation programs, including the North Americans Wetlands Conservation Act, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. These extraordinarily
popular programs protect wildlife and habitat through long-term conservation, land acquisition, and public-private partnerships.
H.R. 4489 also permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act. The LWCF uses a small percentage of offshore oil and gas royalties to support community investment in their natural resources and
preserve our nation’s historical sites and critical ecosystems. Similarly, FLTFA uses the sale of BLM lands to purchase inholdings to help ensure access to our public lands. Neither of these programs cost any taxpayer dollars, and they are instrumental in
increasing access for sportsmen and recreationists to our most pristine natural spaces. FLTFA expired in 2015, but this legislation can revive it and prevent LWCF from falling victim to the same fate. Without it, LWCF will expire by the end of next year.
The ACCESS Act addresses the key priorities of both the sporting and conservation communities by focusing on bipartisan provisions, not poison pills that serve only to divide us.
Please join us to expand access to our nation’s public lands and protect America’s outdoor heritage. To cosponsor the ACCESS Act, please contact Sarah Lessard on my staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Raúl M. Grijalva Mike Thompson
Ranking Member Member of Congress
Committee on Natural Resources
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