FLREA Extended for One Year, Parks Are Open Again
As many of you know, the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) is the authority used to issue outfitter and guide permits in National Forests on BLM lands. H.R. 2775, which funded operations of those agencies through January 15, 2014, includes a provision in Sec. 134 which extends the expiration date of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act by one year. FLREA will now expire in December 2015 instead of December 2014. The extension is not a surprise since there is currently no viable legislation or legislative vehicle to reauthorize it and an extension has been discussed. Agencies may have been reluctant to issue permits in 2014 with their authority expiring and with no authority for temporary permits, many outfitters could have been left hanging. So, the extension is a good thing.
SEC. 134 reads: SEC. 134. Section 810 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6809) shall be applied by substituting ‘‘11 years’’ for ‘‘10 years’’.
In other news, some Parks are letting outfitters transfer trips that were cancelled this year to next year. Unfortunately for other outfitters, those trips are gone along with their customers in some cases.
SEC. 116 does not provide the states and land-managing agencies with authority to fund Parks and public land operations, if necessary, during a lapse in appropriations in 2014, as had been reported by various sources. There is a bill introduced in the House of Representatives to authorize the use of concessions and entrance fees to reimburse states who use their funds to keep Parks open.
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