Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act Scheduled For Key Hearing In Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET/8 a.m. MT, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony on the bipartisan Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, legislation U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands.

Senator Heinrich serves as the co-chair of the bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Caucus and the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and has championed efforts to grow the outdoor recreation industry, which is a major economic driver in New Mexico, particularly in rural communities.

The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act is supported by a wide range of organizations, including businesses, non-profits, outfitters and guides, university recreation programs, and volunteer-based clubs.

A list of witnesses for the hearing is available here.

***Press interested in attending should RSVP at or call (202) 228-1578.***

Washington, D.C. - Thursday, October 31, 2019

WHO:  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich 

WHAT: Hearing on pending legislation: The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act

WHEN:  8 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. ET

WHERE: Room 366, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.