The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), an act that directly impacts NOLS, is currently up for discussion of reauthorization in the House of Representatives. A member of the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability department is invited to Washington D.C. this week to add an outfitter’s voice to the discussion. As a recreational outfitter that holds many permits through our country’s federal land agencies, NOLS hopes for a swift and smooth passage of this bill.
FLREA allows the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Forest Service to charge user fees in areas that help maintain recreation areas and improve visitors’ safety and experiences. These fees supply restrooms, picnic tables, trail maintenance, and other amenities to the public. This act’s sunset was postponed following last October’s government shutdown. Its end date was extended for another year, after the act was deemed beneficial and necessary for the continued management of recreation on federal lands.
NOLS supports the speedy and direct reauthorization of FLREA. The consistent and reasonable permit fees in place are beneficial to all players in the recreation economy. Our representative will be testifying at a hearing at the Committee of Natural Resources in front of the subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation this Friday morning at 7am MST.
Tune in tomorrow morning and listen to the hearing live!