Vote marks next step in effort to pass broader package that benefits fish, wildlife, and America’s sportsmen
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 2406), also known as the SHARE Act, to require federal land managers to promote and enhance sportsmen’s access to public hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting areas. Final passage of this bill is a critical next step towards sending a comprehensive sportsmen’s package to the president’s desk.
“We’re happy to see this legislation clear the House and move forward with bipartisan support—it’s a step in the right direction for what we hope is a truly comprehensive final package that the president can sign into law,” says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
“What’s important now is Senate action on a suite of sportsmen’s priorities, including provisions aimed not only at expanding access but also at investing in key habitat conservation programs. Open gates aren’t much good if there isn’t quality habitat behind them. We’ll continue to emphasize this point with Congress and America’s hunters and anglers,” says Fosburgh.
The SHARE Act was introduced in May 2015 by the bipartisan leadership of the House Sportsmen’s Caucus: Representatives Robert Wittman (R-Va.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), and Gene Green (D-Texas). It also passed in the last Congress but failed to reach the president’s desk.
Two Senate committees recently passed portions of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act which would provide the investments in habitat conservation that the House package currently lacks. Read more about those bills here and here.
2 Responses to “House Passes SHARE Act to Enhance Access for Hunting, Fishing, and Shooting”
Not being a hunter but very interested in conservation..curious to see where we share interests and where not… I am concerned that dollars for conservation that gets spent for ‘access’ .. does that mean roads into what was before just wilds, a greenfield? that interrupts wildlife corridors… and target practice areas, I understand it leaves lead from bullets piling up ready to leach into the ground and water upon rains..or do you clean them up? I don’t understand why these are conservation.. if you want to hunt .. there are best practices, just like hikers leave no footprint, hunters should also leave no footprint …yet bills like seem to include access which to me mean roads and target practice, a lot shells full of led, poisoning the very ground water you say you are protecting…