Tag: Outdoor Recreation

Daines, Sinema Reintroduce Bill to Support Outfitters and Guides, Boost Outdoor Recreation Economy

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), top Republican on the Senate National Parks Subcommittee, and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) reintroduced a bill to support the outdoor recreation economy by exempting outfitters and guides from burdensome overtime hour requirements. “Montana’s beautiful landscape and unmatched hunting, fishing and hiking has made it a destination for folks from around the world, but our outdoor recreation economy would not be the same without our outfitters and guides,” Daines said. “We must pass this bill that will reduce burdensome red tape making it harder for Montana small businesses to employ outfitters and guides, especially during heavy tourism seasons.” “We’re boosting

Daines, Bennet, Marshall Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) reintroduced the “Voluntary Public Access Improvement Act of 2023.” This bill would expand opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking and other wildlife-dependent activities in America. “As a lifelong sportsman, I grew up hunting, fishing and backpacking and it’s a family tradition that I’ll pass down to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It’s all part of our Montana way of life,” Daines said. “This bipartisan bill will strengthen Montana’s outdoor recreation economy and open up more space for families and sportsmen to enjoy local wildlife for generations to come.” “For years, this program has

Daines Urges Forest Service to Restore Access on Public Lands

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service demanding they reconsider proposed mountain bike closures in the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study Areas on the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. “With over $7 billion in consumer spending coming from Montana’s outdoor recreation economy, we should be encouraging adaptive management principles across the Agency that help U.S. Forest Service decision-makers manage different uses across various landscapes, not exclude them,” the letter states. “I am concerned this approach will foster additional closures in areas with historic use and that the greater recreation community will suffer