HELP for Wildlife Act
For years, various versions of the Sportsmen’s Act have been debated in both chambers of Congress. While many of these bills had significant support, none of them were ever signed into law.
Fortunately, there’s a new bill with a new name and strong bipartisan support that was just introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Called the “Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act,” or HELP for Wildlife Act, this bill is good news for anglers, hunters, and anyone who loves the outdoors.
Officially known as S. 1514, the HELP for Wildlife Act includes many provisions specifically for both freshwater and saltwater anglers. These include:
- Protections for traditional fishing tackle from unwarranted regulation by the EPA.
- Authorizing the National Fish Habitat Partnerships program which will conserve, restore and enhance fish habitat throughout the nation, providing better fishing opportunities.
- Provisions beneficial to the Chesapeake Bay.
- Reauthorization of important conservation programs like the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Simply put, this legislation will increase participation and enjoyment of our rivers, lakes and streams and improve fish habitat throughout the country.
What is the “HELP for Wildlife Act?”
The HELP for Wildlife Act, officially known as the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation Act, is a new piece of legislation that has much in common with a bill you’ve probably heard of – the Sportsmen’s Act.
The bill contains a number of provisions that will improve and conserve fishing access and fishery resources. That means more places to fish and healthier fisheries.
What happened to the Sportsmen’s Act?
Various versions of the Sportsmen’s Act made progress in Congress but were never passed into law. The HELP for Wildlife Act has strong bipartisan support and is already on the move in the U.S. Senate.
Sportfishing Industry Praises Committee Passage of HELP for Wildlife Act
ASA Press Release, July 26, 2017
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supports HELP for Wildlife Act
Ammoland, July 12, 2017