AUGUSTA — Lawmakers are looking at a bill aimed at improving relations between outdoor recreationists and private property owners.

Assistant House Republican Leader Andre Cushing’s bill, LD 1613, is up for a hearing this morning before the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. It seeks to strengthen what’s become a tradition in Maine of public recreational access to private land. With so much of the state privately owned, good relations with landowners are important to hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts.

The Hampden lawmaker’s bill would revamp the Landowners and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board’s functions and establish a strategy for long-term funding of a landowner relations program.

It would also implement a land user certification program and update landowner liability laws as they relate to public use of private land.

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