Industry gets big legislative victory

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President Trump signed the Natural Resources Management Act into law yesterday. Representatives of the NMMA and Boating United called it “a big win for the recreational boating and fishing community.”

“This law permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, promotes conservation, provides greater local control of water management, and protects and expands access to public lands and waters for boating and angling,” said Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs, in an email letter from Boating United.

NMMA President Thom Dammrich told Trade Only Today that the Act will assist boating in several ways. “The Act balances conservation and access for recreation on federal properties, so there will be greater access on those waters,” he said. “It also focuses on water quality, access habitat and providing green space around the waters, so those are all strong points for boaters and fishermen.”

“NMMA and our outdoor recreation coalition partners applaud this landmark, bipartisan legislation, and we will continue to work towards bolstering conservation and access to our nation’s lands and waters, so we can enjoy all forms of outdoor recreation for generations to come,” added Vasilaros.