Part of what we do at Winter Wildlands Alliance is keep track of legislation in Congress that affects winter, public lands, and winter recreation on public lands. Of course, not every bill introduced into the House or Senate becomes law – it’s usually a long process with several checks and balances and changes. Your voice can help ensure a bill makes it through the process, so contact your representatives in Congress and let them know what you think. Prefer to call? You can reach the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. From there you can ask to be connected to any of your 3 representatives in their DC offices by sharing your zip code.
Bills We Support
H.R. 823/S. 241: Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act. This bill would protect over 400,000 acres of Wilderness landscapes and recreation opportunities in Colorado. It includes the Continental Divide Wilderness, Recreation and Camp Hale Legacy Act, San Juan Mountain Act, Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, and Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act.
H.R. 763: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. This bill would create a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund for the American people in order to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies and market efficiencies which will reduce harmful pollution and address climate change. This bill would enact a fee on fossil fuels and require that the money collected from the carbon fee be allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit. Imported goods will pay a border carbon adjustment, and goods exported from the United States will receive a refund under. A version of this bill was also introduced into the Senate last year, and we expect to see it in the Senate again this year.
H.R. 2491/S.1311: Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2019. The Act would permanently codify the Roadless Rule, which protects 58.5 million acres of National Forest System lands across 39 states from logging and road building.
S. 1262: Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act. This bill would create the Rogue Canyon Recreation Area and the Molalla Recreation Area, expand the Wild Rogue Wilderness Area, and protect pristine rivers in Southwestern Oregon from mining.
H.R. 2642/S.1382: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This Act would designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest and designate rivers in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as Wild and Scenic.
H.R. 1146: Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act. This bill would repeal the section in the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that mandated opening the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.
H.R. 3195/S. 1081: Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act. Last year Congress permanently re-authorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This bill is the necessary complement to permanent re-authorization, establishing full ($900 million annually) and permanent funding for the LWCF. The House version (H.R. 3195) passed out of the House Natural Resources committee on 6/19/19 with broad bipartisan support.
S. 1665: Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act. This bill would simplify the public lands outfitter and guide permitting system and enable more people to get outside and enjoy public lands.
H.R. 1225: Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act. This bill would repair up to $6.5 billion of public lands infrastructure over five years, including roads, parking lots, trail signage, outhouses and other infrastructure used by winter recreationists on federal public lands.
S. 1458: Outdoors for All Act. This bill proposes to use funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to fund the creation of public open space in underserved communities with the goal of having outdoor space within 10 miles of all communities.
S.1765: Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. This bill will protect Montana’s Blackfoot River by permanently protecting its most important tributaries. It will also secure and expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys, as well as enhance timber production and forest restoration in and around Seeley Lake.
Recreation Not Red Tape helps facilitate and improve access to public lands and waters through commonsense updates to agency missions and land managers’ priorities. Mostly importantly, it will help Congress identify and designate new National Recreation Areas, protecting more places for their recreational values.