Congratulations to the New England Chapter for seeing one of their signature issues, Rhode Island shoreline access, across the finish line.
For several years, protecting and restoring access to Rhode Island’s shoreline has been a top priority for the New England Chapter. Led by chapter chair Michael Woods, the Rhode Island team has published articles, spoken on local panels and even participated in a water access policy seminar at BHA’s 2023 North American Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana.
Less than two weeks ago, both Rhode Island’s House and the Senate voted to approve H5174A and S417A. This step represents a historic achievement by the RI General Assembly, which has never reached a consensus on the long-standing question of where, exactly, constitutionally recognized "privileges of the shore" like fishing are protected in Rhode Island. Following the passage in both the Senate and House, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers was acknowledged by lawmakers for the role our organization played in this effort.
On June 26, Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee signed the bill into law, codifying a boundary 10 feet inland of the “recognizable high tide line.” Given the dynamic nature of tides, this will ensure a clear and recognizable area for the public to enjoy.
Join us in celebrating with the New England Chapter this huge victory for public access!