Thompson backs public access, land conservation measures

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) recently backed two bills that would protect the rights of sportsmen to hunt, fish and use guns on public lands and enhance federal regulations that address land restoration and conveyances.

Thompson recently voted to support the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act and the Public Access and Lands Improvement Act.

“Each year, close to $90 billion is created through recreational activities such as hunting and fishing,” Thompson, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, said. “Passage of the SHARE Act aims to protect local jobs and economies by guaranteeing public access to taxpayer-owned lands.”

The Public Access and Lands Improvement Act would reinforce that public lands should have multiple uses, Thompson said, and ensure that public lands promote economic development in local communities and responsible land management.
The measure also includes a provision that would reduce duplicative state and federal efforts in restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

“Currently restoration efforts from federal and state governments lack a cohesive reporting system of their activities,” Thompson said. “The Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act helps preserve the delicate balance between economic growth and environmental stewardship, while lowering the burden on farmers and conservationists that have made tremendous progress through voluntary conservation efforts.”

Thompson is also the chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation Energy and Forestry. The subcommittee recently advanced measures to improve national conservation programs in the farm bill.