The Trump administration announced on Wednesday a proposal that would, among other things, allow hunting and fishing at 15 national fish hatcheries for the first time in recent history, according to the Associated Press.
The regulation would impact 1.4 million acres of federal public lands, including 74 national wildlife refuges, according to U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who added that this would be the largest hunting and fishing expansion proposed by the administration so far.
Among the areas reached by the proposal are Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin and Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming, where deer and elk hunting would be allowed for the first time, according to AP.
“It’s a dramatic statement about our commitment to access,” said Bernhardt, who added that the goal of the policy is to attract more people to the country's natural reserves. ”Lack of access to hunting and fishing sites is one of the most common reasons people don’t begin those activities.”
The plan also aims to bring hunting and fishing rules at refuges in line with state regulations.
If everything goes as planned, the regulation will be finished in September following a public comment period.