The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources recently advanced one piece of legislation that would boost Wyoming’s ski communities and another that would improve public land …
The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources recently advanced one piece of legislation that would boost Wyoming’s ski communities and another that would improve public land mapping.
Both are bipartisan measures cosponsored by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who calls them “key Wyoming public lands priorities.”
The Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development (SHRED) Act will invest in outdoor recreation in mountain communities. The bill, which has been endorsed by Sleeping Giant leaders and others, ensures that National Forests retain a portion of the annual fees that ski areas operating within their boundaries pay to support local recreation and community priorities.
“The SHRED Act will help make the Forest Service a better partner to Wyoming’s ski communities. By creating a dedicated account for the Forest Service fees our ski resorts pay, they’ll be able to use these funds to improve facilities, protect the forests, and support the economy,” Barrasso said.
The committee also passed the Modernizing Access to our Public Land (MAP Land) Act. Barrasso says the legislation will enhance access to the nation’s outdoor recreational opportunities by digitizing and standardizing mapping information like access points and permissible uses on federal public lands.
“The MAP Land Act will provide America’s sportsmen and women with easily accessible digital maps and information to better access and enjoy our public lands,” Barrasso said. “I will continue to work to get these important bills passed by the full Senate.”