For sportsmen and women who depend on public access to hunt and fish, here’s a bit of good news – Congress is making strides towards permanently funding one of the most important funding sources for public hunting and fishing access: the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
In a recent letter to the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Republican House members emphasized the importance of the Land & Water Conservation Fund to the outdoor enthusiasts and to $1.06 trillion outdoor recreation and tourism based economy that they help sustain. They requested that LWCF be permanently funded and that other House members join in supporting this tax-free public access and conservation program, which recent polls suggest, is supported by 85 percent of Americans.
Signers of this letter included Congressman Steve Daines (MT), Mike Simpson (ID) and Dave Reichert (WA). If your Congressman stood up for public hunting and fishing access, take a minute to thank them. If not, take a minute to contact them and explain the importance of public access to your hunting and fishing pastimes.
Photo Courtesy of Nathan Nichols, 2013 Hunting Photo Contest.