A land that is facing ceaseless development. A people mired in obesity from their over-reliance upon technology and motorized equipment. A quality of life—particularly the sporting life—that is rapidly careening downhill. These are some of the basic tenants of our call to arms—for American and Canadian sportsmen and women to stand up for the wild country and wildlife that depend so much upon it. Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places to rekindle the depths of the human soul. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a non-partisan group of sportsmen and women who are standing up for wilderness and for the wildlife that depends upon it.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a national organization representing more than 100,000 hunters and anglers around the country, is asking for your help to defend against attacks currently underway as senators in Washington, D.C., finalize their budget for Fiscal Year 2016. A “vote-a-rama” is taking place today to consider numerous amendments that have poured in from both sides of the political aisle.
Sportsmen have some urgent priorities to tackle together if we are to uphold our public lands hunting and fishing traditions. Before voting begins today, please take a moment to contact your senators’ offices to express your strong opposition to budget amendment 838. Introduced just last night by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the costly provision would enable the sale and/or transfer of federal public lands, including national forests, wilderness areas, national wildlife refuges, historical sites and other important conservation lands, for the purpose of balancing the budget. A similar attack is being levied by Sen. Mike Lee. His senate amendment 747 proposes selling federal public lands to reduce the federal deficit. If passed, these measures could permanently affect our ability to access and enjoy our public lands and waters. We need to stop them in their tracks!
Proposal by Martin Heinrich responds to sportsmen's requests, would prohibit the sale of
federal public lands as a deficit-reduction tactic
MISSOULA, Mont. - A proposed amendment to the draft Senate budget for Fiscal Year 2016 would prohibit the sale of federal public lands to reduce the deficit and is drawing both bipartisan support within the Senate and strong praise from sportsmen, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today.
Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico filed S. 571, a budget "point of order" amendment intended to quash ongoing efforts by some interests to transfer or sell federal public lands and waters as a budget-tightening measure. The measure should receive floor time in the Senate this afternoon.
This week, a coalition of Western sportsmen traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge their elected leaders to reject proposals to sell America's public lands heritage. S. 571 directly responds to the sportsmen's requests.
Check out this BHA radio interview with Northwestern Outdoors Radio, recorded live from the 2015 North American Rendezvous in Spokane, Washington. BHA's Executive Director, Land Tawney discusses the Rendezvous and our efforts to stop a public land sell-off.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is dedicated to conserving habitat in the sagebrush steppe ecoregion - habitat that is so important to Sage Grouse, as well as mule deer, antelope and numerous non-game species. This video highlights some of the ways that we are working to conserve this important habitat.