JOINT RELEASE: Rep. Chandler, Sen. Sanborn Lead Charge in Landowner Liability Protections

CONCORD – House Speaker Pro-Tempore Gene Chandler, Sen. Andy Sanborn, and representatives from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Fish and Game Commission, the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the New Hampshire Farms Bureau, and the New Hampshire Wildlife Association today gathered in Concord to address questions about the state’s landowner liability laws that came to light as a result of a recent lawsuit between a Manchester man and an Epsom landowner.

House Speaker Pro-Tempore Gene Chandler:

“In an effort to tighten up existing landowner liability laws the House and Senate are working together to file legislation to ensure landowners will be free from liability from lawsuits for allowing access to their property for hunting, fishing and other recreational pursuits. Closing off private lands would affect the state’s tourism and hunting, which would hurt our small businesses and cost our citizens much needed jobs. We need to ensure that New Hampshire’s landowners continue to feel comfortable with the protections they are afforded within our laws and we will do everything we can to strengthen the existing statutes. We appreciate the many private landowners in New Hampshire that allow access to millions of acres of privates land and hope they will bare with us while we strengthen the laws.”

Sen. Andy Sanborn:

“Last year snowmobiling and hunting together brought in nearly $1.6 billion to New Hampshire. From hiking, hunting and fishing, to bird watching, snowmobiling and gathering firewood while we camp it is landowner access that allows for our tourism market and brings needed jobs and economic stability to our state. Unfortunately, it is currently at risk. We respectfully ask our land owners to not be precipitous and close off their land and to bear with us while we craft good legislation, as expeditiously as possible, that will deal with the multi-faceted issues surrounding landowner liability protections.”