Congressman Joe Neguse’s bill, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, was passed by the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, October 13th – time consuming, expensive and overly complicated.
“The state approval process should help conserve the priceless natural resources of our nations, but it has become too big a bottleneck – it prevents travel guides from getting enough permits despite acceptable quantities,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “With this bill, our aim is to remove the barriers currently preventing outdoor guide services from obtaining permits and in return to support rural local businesses to expand careers in the outdoors and give more people access to the outdoors To enable nature. “
The SOAR Act would reform the internal processes at several federal state administrative authorities, update the fee structures to make the approval process both simpler and faster, allow more flexible approval across authority boundaries and with somewhat similar activities, and allow exceptions to better approve the public Institutions to make available.
“Approvals have been a very daunting, extensive and costly process that we as a small business can manage and track because of unclear expectations and information, complex application processes and simply a very outdated system that makes it difficult, really difficult for those who who are either new to guiding or new to an area to apply for and purchase permits, ”said Jordan Larson, Owner / Trail Guide for Cairn Outdoor Guides, based in Boulder, Colorado. “It would be incredibly beneficial to our business, the environment and our customers if we could more easily apply and acquire commercial use permits for the surrounding areas, as it would better serve our customers’ unique needs and offer more flexibility in what we own Offering customers and curating every outdoor experience just for them. We are working on offering a unique service that offers nature both as an outdoor recreational and health service and that can offer access to all areas of life would be enormous. “
“Access to America’s public land will be much easier with this law passed,” said Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society. “Rep. Neguse deserves credit for developing a bill that will remove red tape and make it easier for youth programs, university recreational programs, nonprofits, and decorators and leaders to obtain recreational permits for public land. The Wilderness Society is committed to connecting more Americans with nature, and this bill will help. “
“Outdated regulations in the licensing system have made it time-consuming, unpredictable, and in many cases impossible for outdoor organizations and businesses to deliver outdoor experiences in public spaces,” said Alex Kosseff, executive director of the American Mountain Guides Association. “The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act removes old roadblocks to make outdoor recreation easier and allows more Americans to go outside and enjoy public land.”
“Colorado Mountain School welcomes the introduction of the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act,” said Russell Hunter, CEO of Colorado Mountain School. “It will be making long overdue improvements to the supplier management approval system to make the process more efficient and less cumbersome. We look forward to the speedy adoption of this bill so that we can focus on helping people enjoy our country’s valued climbing and skiing opportunities. “
“As a small equipment company, my infrastructure is public land,” says David Leinweber, owner of Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs. “I see this bill as a positive development for my business. Every business needs predictability and the ability to grow, and this bill will help my company predict the future by providing facilitated recreational services that are in demand on public properties. “