WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), released the following statement after the Senate passed the Modernizing Access to our Public Land (MAP Land) Act. The legislation, which Barrasso helped pass out of ENR and then Congress, will now go to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
“Congress has passed legislation that will allow America’s sportsmen and women easy access to digital maps of our public lands and waters,” said Barrasso. “The bill will help fishermen, hunters, and hikers to easily plan their adventures. The people of Wyoming understand the importance of promoting outdoor access while ensuring private property rights are protected. The MAP Land Act will do just that by clarifying the roads and trails outdoor enthusiasts can use.”
On May 13, 2021, Barrasso wrote an op-ed in the Casper Star Tribune titled “The MAP Land Act will Make Accessing Wyoming’s Federal Lands Simpler and Safer.”
The MAP Land Act is sponsored by Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Angus King (I-ME). In addition to Barrasso, the legislation is cosponsored by the chairman of the ENR Committee, Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jon Tester (D-MT), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
The MAP Land Act is supported by many in the conservation and sportsmen community, including the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and Trout Unlimited.