Let your Senators know you support the SOAR Act
Organized groups (guides and outfitters, outdoor education organization, college and university programs and volunteer-based clubs) need a permit to take people to national parks and forests and other federal lands for things like hiking, climbing, or water sports. Getting a permit is tricky and often impossible for these groups. The unintended consequence is fewer people get to enjoy these public lands or learn to love outdoor recreation, undermining local economies, and less support for these wild places.
The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act would improve these processes.
Email your Senators today to let them know you support improved access to the outdoors and ask them to cosponsor the SOAR Act. If you Senator has already supported, this easy letter-writing tool will create thank-you form for them!
Full, Dedicated Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Since its establishment in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has invested more than $16 billion towards conservation and recreation projects. LWCF funds have helped build and improve trails, parks, river put-ins, and climbing areas, benefiting everything from city green spaces to national parks. Its impact spans all 50 states. It is a popular, bipartisan program that uses royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling and reinvests them in conservation projects.
LWCF was permanently reauthorized as part of the bi-partisan public lands package that was signed into law in March. It now needs dedicated, full funding.
Contact your members of Congress with the tool below to ask them to cosponsor the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act (S.1081/H.R. 3195). The more personalized the message, the better.
Help Pass the Public Lands Package
The Senate passed a sweeping public lands package, which will benefit wild places and outdoor recreation across the country. Now it’s time to ask the House of Representatives to move the package forward. The public lands package will:
- Permanently reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
- Designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area
- Protectect Methow Headwaters from industrial-scale mining
- Create 1.3 million acres of new wilderness areas and 620 miles of wild and scenic rivers, among many other provisions
Help Designate Wild and Scenic Rivers
With the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, we see a unique opportunity to push for new Wild and Scenic river designations in 2018. Help bring 5,000 new miles of rivers and creeks under Wild and Scenic protections.This action brought to you by American Whitewater.
Support the Recreation Not Red Tape Act
This legislation would update processes and policies to improve the outdoor recreation experience on our national public lands. It includes actions such as planning more volunteer trail projects, getting more veterans and kids outdoors, streamlining permitting systems, and improving National Recreation Areas. Write your Congress rep today and share your support.This action brought to you by Outdoor Alliance.
Engage in Winter Travel Planning
Travel Management Planning is the process through which the Forest Service designates specific trails and areas for motorized use. It can be thought of as a type of comprehensive “zoning” where some areas are designated for motorized use, while other trails are designated for human-powered recreation. Winter travel planning is an opportunity for all those who value the winter backcountry to find common ground. Get involved in travel planning processes and help bring balance to the winter backcountry.This action brought to you by Winter Wildlands Alliance.
Protect the Methow Valley
One of Washington’s most iconic wild places needs our help to protect it from industrial-scale mining claims. Help safeguard the region’s towering peaks, weaving tributaries, and expansive forests from industrial-scale mining.This action brought to you by The Mountaineers.
Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Hailed as America’s best conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is set to expire on September 30, 2018 unless Congress takes action. Urge your Congress reps to permanently renew the LWCF.This action brought to you by The Mountaineers.
Stop the Public Lands Heist
Right now, powerful special interests and their political allies are waging an aggressive campaign to weaken our public lands until the door is open for privatization. We are now facing bills, executive orders, and bureaucratic maneuvers, all designed to cause ‘death by a thousand cuts.’ Join us as we call on lawmakers to keep public lands in public hands.This action brought to you by Outdoor Alliance.