May 24, 2013
Freedom to Fish Act Stops Army Corps of Engineers from Restricting Access on Cumberland River - 0
by Tony Hansen
When it comes to access, this is the only type of closure we like to see.
The bill, which passed May 21, received bipartisan support (seriously) and was introduced in the Senate by Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and in the House by Kentucky’s Ed Whitfield.
The bill is not a permanent solution however. It prevents the Corps from establishing any further restrictions on public access to the tailwaters below dams for two years and also requires that existing barriers established after Aug. 1, 2012 be removed.
Sen. Alexander, who has been a champion for anglers throughout this ordeal, is seeking a permanent solution to the issue in the Water Resources and Development Act which has already passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House.
About Open Country
Hunters and anglers across the nation consistently list one challenge as their primary obstacle to spending more time in the field: Access.
Outdoor Life’s Open Country program aims to tackle that issue head on and with boots on the ground. The program highlights volunteer-driven efforts to improve access along with habitat improvements to make existing public lands even better places to hunt and fish. The program's goal is to substantially increase sportsman's access across the country by promoting events that make a difference.
The Open Country program culminates in an awards system with top projects and participants being honored during a gala at the 2014 SHOT Show in January.