+carleenp Posted November 26, 2003 Share Posted November 26, 2003 The following came from the Nebraska Birds yahoo group about legislation to encourage the opening of private land for outdoor recreation. I found it interesting. From the discussion there, in order to qualify for funds, the bill requires the land be available for "hunting, fishing, birding, and related outdoor activities." "Open Fields" Legislation Introduced in the Senate and House On November 7, Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), introduced the Voluntary Public Access and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program Act of 2003, while Representatives Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Tom Osborne (R-NE) introduced a companion measure in the House. The proposed legislation is intended to encourage owners and operators of privately owned farm and ranch ground to voluntarily make their land available for access by the public. The bill would make $50 million available annually for grants to States that would administer the funds under individual State programs. Senators Conrad and Roberts and Congressman Osborne and Pomeroy should all be commended for introducing this valuable piece of legislation into the Senate (S. 1840) and House (H.R. 3482). Please take the time to call or fax these individuals and thank them for sponsoring the bill. The "Open Fields" legislation is a vital source of conservation funding for the State of Nebraska. Currently Senator Nelson is the only other Nebraska Representative to formally support this valuable piece of legislation. Please take the time to call or fax Senator Nelson and thank him for doing so. It is very important that all of Nebraska's delegates support this measure. Also, please take the time to call or fax Senator Hagel and the Congressman in your district to inform them that this legislation is very important to you. Bill Sponsors and Co-Sponsors: Senator Kent Conrad phone: (202) 224-2043 fax: (202) 224-7776 Senator Pat Roberts phone: (202) 224-4774 fax: (202) 228-3514 Congressman Tom Osborne phone: (202) 225-6435 fax: (202) 226-1385 Congressman Earl Pomeroy phone: (202) 225-2611 fax: (202) 226-0893 Nebraska Members of Congress: Senator Ben Nelson phone: (202) 224-6551 fax: (202) 228-0012 Senator Chuck Hagel phone: (202) 224-4224 fax: (202) 224-5213 Congressman Doug Bereuter phone: (202) 225-4806 fax: (202) 225-5686 Congressman Lee Terry phone: (202) 225-4155 fax: (202) 226-5452 ***If you are not a resident of Nebraska, you are encouraged to contact your State's elected officials and encourage them to support this bill. You can find complete contact information for each member of Congress at the following links: http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov. Quote Link to comment
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