Important Updates from ARRA

Legislative Update

After the predictable “slow start” in the new Congress, we are beginning to see legislation introduced that we like and we thought it might be a good idea to bring some of these legislative issues to your attention. We anticipate featuring more in future ARRA newsletters.

  • National Forest System Trails Maintenance Act, H.R. 845
    Last June, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo), introduced legislation that would encourage the U.S. Forest System to utilize volunteers to maintain the thousands of miles of recreational trails in our National Forests…
  • California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015, S. 414
    Senator Dianne Feinstein has been working for years to bring together a divergent set of groups to support legislation to preserve and manage the California desert…
  • ROV In-Depth Examination Act, H. R. 999
    Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) have introduced legislation that would defer further action by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on its proposed rule that would impose a mandatory product safety standard for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)…

Two bites are better than one

Since mid-January, we have been hearing rumors that Democrats on the Senate Committee on Environment and Infrastructure Committee (the committee with jurisdiction over the Recreational Trails Program) were having organizational issues of an unknown nature. Many of us thought that they couldn’t decide something as mundane as subcommittee assignments. Well, Senator Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Democrat on the full Committee, dropped a little bombshell when she announced that she would also be serving as the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, thereby replacing Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) who thought he was going to be handling that position.

Time for CRT Awards for RTP Projects

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, of which ARRA is a member, every year solicits proposals for the very best of projects funded with RTP funds. We just sent out an alert announcing the 2015 award cycle, but we wanted to highlight this very important program of recognizing the best of the best in terms of RTP projects. Please go to this link to learn more about nominating a project you deem worthy of national recognition.

 

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