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Congressman Russ Fulcher’s MAPLand Act Passes the House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, in a bipartisan vote of 414 to 9, the House of Representatives passed the Modernizing Access to our Public Land (MAPLand) Act. Introduced by Congressman Russ Fulcher in the 116th Congress, Congressman Blake Moore (R-UT) introduced the bill for the current 117th Congress, receiving bipartisan support from Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA).

The MAPLand Act will direct federal land management agencies to digitize and standardize mapping records. This will allow hunters, hikers, bikers, anglers, and millions of other federal land users to access essential information about public lands as well as help federal land management agencies identify public lands with limited or nonexistent public access points and take proactive steps to open them to the public. 

“Sportsmen and outdoor recreationalists have a tremendous impact on our Idaho culture and economy,” said Congressman Russ Fulcher. “By modernizing information and access to our federal lands through the MAPLand Act, Americans can better utilize these public places. I appreciate Mr. Moore’s leadership on this important issue and am proud that our bipartisan efforts have resulted in the MAPLand Act passing through the House.”

“America is home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, and it is essential that we have up-to-date information on how to best access our public lands,” said Congressman Blake Moore. “The MAPLand Act will digitize tens of thousands of records so fishers, hikers, hunters, bikers, and those who spend time enjoying our outdoors have all the information they need to have great experiences and make fond memories. I thank Representatives Fulcher, Neguse, and Schrier for co-leading this effort, and I look forward to seeing this legislation soon pass the Senate.”

“In Colorado, access to public lands fuels our robust outdoor recreation economy, contributes to the health and well-being of Coloradans and is at the core of our state’s values,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I’m thrilled that the House has passed our MAPLand Act today which will modernize and formalize data sharing across public land agencies, to support our natural resource workforce, our communities and outdoor recreation activities.”

“I’m thrilled that the House passed this bill with overwhelming support from both parties to make sure we can protect our beloved public lands. My family treasures the time we spend hiking, biking, and fishing across our region,” said Congresswoman Kim Schrier. “We are fortunate to live in a state full of natural beauty, with some of the best parks and recreation areas our country has to offer. Modernizing and standardizing information so people know how to access our public lands will allow Washingtonians and visitors from across the country and world to enjoy our great outdoors. This bill will also support local businesses that rely on the outdoor recreational economy.”

Currently, more than 9.52 million acres of land in the West lack permanent and legal access points for public use, and information on these lands is still kept on paper files. Approximately 5,000 of the Forest Service’s 37,000 recorded easements have been digitized and uploaded to an electronic database. The MAPLand Act will help give federal land management agencies the resources they need to digitize these files for public use, as well as require these agencies to provide information on seasonal vehicle restrictions on public roads and trails, hunting boundaries, and watercraft restrictions.

The text of the bill can be found here

2 replies on “Congressman Russ Fulcher’s MAPLand Act Passes the House of Representatives”

The digitized maps and associated reporting system that this bill will create will do everything the congressmen in this article said it will do. But maps are just information, they do not dictate how their information will be used. So, while the public will get great benefit from the maps in accessing public lands, so will these maps help the UN-backed efforts to implement landscape-scale ecosystem management and mitigation, wildlife corridors, transboundary ecosystem treaties, etc. The maps will not only tell us where we can go, but also where we can’t go. The massive effort to redefine our free society to one that is constrained and centrally controlled hinges on the the ability to control land use. It is for this reason that all the Federal and State land use agencies and many of our local governments have been successfully infiltrated and have had their policies adjusted to include language from the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Now is not the time to think that these agencies will use the tools at their disposal in what the people would consider to be their best interest. The bipartisan support for this bill reflects the fact that it will benefit the purposes of both agendas.

We can only hope the Senate will stop this. All of the bills coming down the pike must be looked at with a jaundiced eye, such as this one. They are not what they seem, only how it will get the proponents reelected and/or speed the NWO agenda.

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