Congress Passes Law to Create Public Map for Outdoor Recreation Access


By Charles Pekow — In a few years, you will be able to see exactly where you can ride your bicycle for fun on federal land. Congress passed the Modernizing Access to our Public Land (MAPLand) Act, which will require federal agencies to create a public digital map of access to outdoor recreation. The law applies to land overseen by the Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and Army Corps of Engineers.

It may take a while though to put it together; the law gives the agencies 2.5 years to produce a joint plan, and four years to make the map public.

The database will have to include which trails and roads are open to motorized and non-motorized bikes and other forms of transportation so you can see who else you may encounter. It will also note the status of trails which close seasonally.



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