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Wyden and Blumenauer Back Bill To Increase Access To Outdoors

Senator Ron Wyden

A new bill introduced Thursday by Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer aims to improve access to the outdoors. The federal bill is called “Recreation Not Red Tape Act.”

Senator Wyden went on a listening tour last summer to find out how Oregonians interact with the outdoor environment. He says he found that government regulations can make it difficult to access public lands. Wyden says his bill will change that.
Wyden: “And clears the path for first time visitors, fresh economic opportunity and new jobs in rural communities.”
The bill would expedite recreation permitting and increase access for veterans, seniors and youth.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.