Outdoor Recreation Legislation

The state’s natural environment and many outdoor recreational amenities are a magnet for young people. Stay Work Play supports measures to protect these irreplaceable natural and recreational amenities and the economic benefits they make possible.

2021 Legislation

House Bill 118

What it does
This bill seeks to achieve a more balanced consideration of the outdoor interests of all generations by expanding who is eligible to serve on the NH Fish & Game Commission.

Why it’s important
Having a diversity of viewpoints on the Fish & Game Commission is important because Commission members oversee strategy for the Fish & Game Department, including deciding the Department’s position on all relevant legislation, nominating the department’s executive director, overseeing and approving acquisition of any new Fish and Game lands (including for recreational uses), managing Fish & Game funding, and setting “general policy” of the department. This means they exercise considerable influence over how different uses of the outdoors are prioritized and which natural resources the Department focuses on with limited staff and funding.

Status

House Bill 118 was “retained” in committee, essentially killing the bill this year.

House Bill 621

What it does
This bill would reduce LCHIP (Land & Community Heritage Investment Program) funds, which are used to help preserve the state’s natural, historic, and cultural resources. This bill would divert 10 percent of LCHIP funds to the various Register of Deeds’ offices for archival restoration of land use records.

Why it’s important
This bill would result in less money being available to help protect those natural and other assets that make our state unique and which data show are the biggest reasons young people come to, and stay in, New Hampshire.

Status

House Bill 621 was “retained” in committee, essentially killing the bill this year.

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