The Idaho Chapter of BHA is pleased to announce the Conservation Officer's Youth Camp Scholarship to 10 year-old Remington, of Wilder, ID!
In his scholarship essay, Remington indicated he is excited at the prospect of learning new skills, is considering a career as a Conservation Officer, and is looking forward to becoming "an avid and passionate outdoorsman." Sounds like he is well on his way.
Remington was nominated by BHA member Steve Gale. The Idaho Chapter of BHA is proud to be able to contribute to providing these types of opportunities to our young people.
Senator Wyden recently initiated a process to improve management on Bureau of Land Management O & C Lands in Oregon. As sportsmen who depend on the traditional non-motorized access and high quality fish and wildlife habitat that these lands provide, we're committed to being involved in the process. BHA's position on this effort is as follows:
*Photo couresty of Jared Grover
In Arizona, Phoenix area BHA members escaped the heat this past weekend (6/29) for a meeting at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa, AZ. In recognition of a growing need for a voice that better reflects Arizona Sportsmen’s passion for traditional backcountry hunting and fishing, a handful of passionate BHA members have embarked on a grassroots effort to form and build an Arizona BHA chapter. As attendees put it “the discussions of this inaugural meeting have gone a long way towards establishing a BHA chapter in Arizona.” Members in attendance (pictured left to right) included: Rod Mondt, Thomas Hulen, Dan Patterson, Robert Martin, Jim Littlejohn, Michael Quinlan, and Ross McCollum.
This week, Idaho BHA member Derek Farr (pictured) will be traveling to Washington DC to express support for the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF is a critical source of funding for providing public hunting and fishing access and protecting key fish and wildlife habitat. Over the past five decades, over $210 million in LWCF funding has gone to benefit key public hunting and fishing areas in Idaho, such as Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA), Middle Fork Clearwater National Wild and Scenic River and Sawtooth NRA.
Nationally, $900 million per year is made available for LWCF; however, the vast majority is diverted and used for other purposes. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers fully supports efforts to restore LWCF by dedicating the full $900 million to conservation and public land access as was originally intended when Congress created LWCF in 1965. Because LWCF money comes from the sale of off-shore oil and gas leases, the program does not cost tax-payers a dime.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers understand the value of clean and wild angling waters. To kick-off summer, BHA would like to share your most picturesque, memorable or entertaining images that capture the "backcountry angling experience."
Winners will be selected by a panel of BHA experts and by the number of votes that each photo receives. All images entered will also be featured in BHA's Angling Image Gallery (a hunting contest will take place in the fall, angling-relevant images only please). The winner will also be featured in forthcoming issue of the Backcountry Journal. Check out submissions to the 2012 backcountry angling photo contest here.