For years, Idaho BHA has played an integral role within the Idaho's Clearwater Collaborative to work towards common-sense forest management solutions, which balance a wide variety of land-based interests. After years of hard work, negotiations and compromise the Clearwater Collaborative has reached an agreement which will provide for backcountry fish and wildlife habitat protection, while also increasing timber harvest yields, improving motorized recreational opportunities and adding jobs to the local economy. Below is a recent new release from the Collaborative on this big news and historic agreement. For a recent news article from the Lewiston Time click here. For a ID BHA slide show highlighting the landscape of the Clearwater, click here.
Lewiston, Idaho May 22, 2013: After five years of work on land management issues within the Clearwater Basin, members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative signed a work plan signifying their commitment to continue work to resolve six natural resource issues.
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo convened the Collaborative five years ago to find long-term solutions to natural resource issues that were contributing to gridlock in the Basin. At the initial meeting, he told members the collaborative process would require all participants to recognize and respect the views of all participants. “Each participant must be as committed to helping others reach their goals and objectives as that participant is committed to advancing their own interests,” he emphasized.
Around the country on America’s wild public lands, BHA members are helping to protect pristine habitat key to great hunting and fishing. Read on to find out more about State Chapter projects and work days.
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May 3-5, the Idaho Chapter partnered with the Idaho Fish & Game to remove approximately 3,500 feet of barbed wire fence and T-posts to improve elk migration corridors on the Craig Mountian Wildlife Management Area. Chapter members camped at Benton Meadows on Craig Mountain, did some turkey and bear hunting and enjoyed campfire camaraderie. The age of members involved ranged from 15-70! For photos from the event, click here.
We know that one of the reasons you support Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is because our staff, contractors, and Chapter volunteers show up to represent YOU at meetings with agency professionals, decision makers, legislators, and other sportsmen's groups all around the West. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen's voice for wild public lands, and we fight for big wild country and quiet, pristine habitat where you don't have time to.
Each year Backcountry Hunters & Anglers recognizes the members and partners that have dedicated substantial time and energy to furthering the mission and reach of BHA. Through hard-work and selfless dedication the following leaders have given their all to conserve our backcountry sporting heritage and traditions. An award is but a small token of our appreciation for all that they have done and continue to do.
Aldo Leopold Award Award - Craig Grother
The Aldo Leopold Award is given to a member who has made significant contributions to preserving wildlands and wildlife habitat. This year’s winner is Craig Grother of Colorado.
Colorado BHA Uncompahgre National Forest Habitat Watchman Craig Grother has been a BHA member since February 2008 and a Habitat Watchmen for the Uncompahgre National Forest (UNF) since May 2011.
In 2009, Craig retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 33 years of service as a wildlife biologist on various ranger districts in Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado. He worked the last 20 years of his career as the wildlife biologist for the Norwood and Ouray Ranger Districts of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests and continues to live in the Norwood, Colorado, area.
You know you’ve had a successful event when multiple states area vying to host Rendezvous next year and members are already emailing to find out where it will be! Put simply, Rendezvous 2013 was a smashing success. Members had the opportunity to learn how to be more effective advocates for wild public land, water and quality wildlife habitat; were exposed to the joys of llama packing; found out how to mount that monster mule deer and got to try out traditional archery as a sample of just part of the packed schedule.
Listening to last year’s comments we provided time on Friday night just for folks to visit, share new hunting and fishing stories and get their first peek at live and silent auction items. Saturday was full-tilt with seminars, air gun shooting, traditional archery, book author talks at lunch; kid’s casting and visiting the great booths our vendors provided. Energy throughout the weekend was high and that amazing feeling of being together with good friends for a good cause roared right into our evening banquet, speaker Jason Hairston, and live auction. Thanks to the dedication of so many people from all the chapters, live and silent auction items were top notch. Our professional auctioneer, Chris Brown, and his crew, worked the crowd and helped our members open their hearts and wallets.