On February 26th, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R - N.C.) voted in favor of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act.

This legislation reflects a bipartisan Senate-House agreement that includes important provisions to increase access to federal lands for sportsmen. It clarifies that all Bureau of Land Management and National Forest System lands shall be open to hunting, recreational shooting and fishing unless explicitly closed for safety or other reasons decided with public input.

Rep. Foxx stated, “This bill delivers for public lands and surrounding communities across the country. Opening the door to more fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation in our public lands will support the over 260,000 outdoor industry jobs statewide. It also takes the important step of reauthorizing the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to preserve our nation’s most visited—and most beautiful—national park. The work to comprehensively address the National Park Services’ maintenance backlog does not end here, but I am pleased to send this important legislation to the President’s desk.”