WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution designed to improve federal land management practices and protect public access.
House Resolution 2406 was approved by a vote of 242-161 today.
Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, supported the measure, also known as the Sportsen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act.
The resolution is a compilation of several bills relating to federal management of publicly owned lands.
“I am proud to join my colleagues in approving this common-sense legislation to protect access to public lands,” Newhouse said. “These lands belong to the people, and taxpayers should have the opportunity to enjoy the land their tax dollars support.”
The resolution included a Newhouse amendment requiring the U.S. Forest Service to publish a notice of road closure in the federal register any time it seeks to close a road.
The resolution also protects the rights of U.S. citizens to use firearms and fishing tackle on public lands managed by the federal government.