A letter expressing our concerns...
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a national conservation organization that was founded around a campfire in Oregon by a group of passionate sportsmen who saw a need to address the threats to our wild public lands from an increasingly mechanized society.
Since its founding ten years ago, BHA has grown to seventeen state chapters and one in British Columbia. Its rapid growth attests to the value sportsmen place on the wild character of those lands. It is because of those values that BHA opposes HR 4272, the Forest Access in Rural Communities Act.
The bill, sponsored by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, would prohibit the US Forest Service from implementing and enforcing its Travel Management Rule, and require any change in open-road densities on national forests to be signed-off on by local counties. The intent of the bill is to take management decisions out of the hands of the Forest Service and put them in the hands of local communities. The Forest Service uses the best available science as well as the social context when considering open-road densities. Keeping the responsibility for open-road densities within the Forest Service will help to ensure that impacts of roads on wildlife habitat and security are part of the decision making matrix.
Many of us spend considerable time in the backcountry alone. So we need to be able to face whatever challenges might arise. This episode covers the essential survival items to bring into the field, as well as a discussion on the versatility of each of these items.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Today, President Obama made a presidential declaration under the Antiquities Act to designate 496,000 acres as part of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Southern New Mexico.
The monument designation is the result of years of work by sportsmen, community members and businesses to provide protection of this iconic landscape – known by sportsmen for its quail, mule deer, antelope and javelina hunting. The monument designation closely mirrors legislation (S. 1805) introduced by Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich this year, which encompasses eight wilderness study areas.
“As a resident and sportsmen who hunts and knows this wild ground, there is no question in my mind that it deserves to be protected” said Las Cruces resident and New Mexico Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Board Member, Randy Gray. “Many sportsmen and community members worked hard to raise awareness of this area, I'm grateful their voices were heard.”
By BHA Board Member, Jay Banta of Torrey, Utah
The flaring disputes in southern Utah about the appropriate uses of public land highlights one of the very reasons Backcountry Hunters & Anglers was formed: Making sure our shared public land resources are managed responsibly and passed on to future generations.
That is why sportsmen and women must speak out against the threatened illegal ATV ride in a Bureau of Land Management administered area that is closed to motorized use.
BHA members, many of whom own and ride ATVs, support laws and regulations that protect wildlife and their habitat. That said, we often share frustrations about rules that appear arbitrary or cramp our freedom. If BHA members don’t agree with the laws and regulations we work with the appropriate agency and lawmakers to change them.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Utah Chapter
Friday, May 9, 2014
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, including its Utah Chapter, condemns the illegal ATV protest ride at Recapture Canyon as destructive, misguided and counterproductive.
The Bureau of Land Management faces a complex task of balancing multiple uses of our public lands, including recreation, wildlife, clean water and grazing. Many members of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers own ATVs, and realize that reasonable limits are critical to protecting irreplaceable resources and respecting the rights of others. No one is above the law, simply because one disagrees with the law.