April 22, 2014
Dear Chairs Mikulski and Rogers and Ranking Members Shelby and Lowey:
Our organizations represents thousands of hunters and anglers from the American West who have a vital and vested interest in the sustainability and accessibility of quality fish and wildlife habitat for both present and future generations. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has played a critical role in conserving some of the West’s most important fish and wildlife habitat and publicly accessible hunting and fishing areas. We request your support for full funding of LWCF in fiscal year 2015.
Some of the most memorable and iconic hunting and fishing experiences of the West can be found on public lands that have benefitted from LWCF funding. A few examples include: Montana’s Tenderfoot Creek, an 8,200 acre checkerboard consolidation in the Little Belt Mountains that is home to a large elk herd and world class wild trout fishing. This acquisition is currently being made possible by LWCF funds. The Greater Little Mountain area in Wyoming is one of the most popular hunting and fishing areas in the state, and LWCF funds were used to acquire the 11,179 acre Devil’s Canyon Ranch, a premiere hunting area with important herds of bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk. Another excellent LWCF success story is the Lake Mead National Recreation Area along the border of Nevada and Arizona. It remains one of the most popular fishing and boating destinations in both states and its fisheries are enhanced through LWCF dollars.
Last Thursday, five intrepid BHA members trekked into the Desolation Wilderness above Lake Tahoe for a wedding. The ceremony was held at 8500 feet, just at snow line, on a beautiful sunny day. BHA members from Washington, Idaho and Nevada were present to perform and celebrate the nuptials. Two bottles of excellent champagne were opened to toast the marriage after the couple were pronounced husband and wife by the minister who proudly wore her BHA ball cap. Two BHA dogs were part of the ceremony as well, which was punctuated by a brief but intense canine fight…something for the newlyweds to remember as part of a truly unique wedding. For the wedding couple to celebrate true love for each other and for wild land made this first all-BHA wedding incredibly special.
We recently gave our facebook fans an opportunity to ask BHA’s Executive Director, Land Tawney anything they wanted to know about BHA. The following is a summary of that live question and answer event. Stay tuned for future Q&A events on our Facebook Page. In the meantime, if you have questions about BHA, please ask them anytime using the comment box below.
Question from Russell Bassett
You'all going to take a pass a climate change or are you going to try make a difference to curb what could very well be the biggest issue affecting fishing and hunting opportunity?
Answer from Land Tawney
Russell, thanks for the question. We are actually working on a policy statement as we speak. It will be similar to other national hunting and fishing orgs like Boone and Crockett, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Trout Unlimited. Stay tuned...
DENVER, CO - Four sportsmen from across the West were presented with awards at the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ Annual National Rendezvous in Denver, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to protecting backcountry habitat and promoting conservation efforts.
Jim Posewitz of Helena, Montana; Bob Mirasole of Chattaroy, Washington; Oscar Simpson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Scott Willoughby of Eagle, Colorado were the recipients of this year’s awards.
“The awardees truly embody the boots-on-the-ground conservation ethic our membership values” said National Board Member and Awards Committee Chair, Jay Banta. “These guys live for hunting and fishing the backcountry and have dedicated a good part of their lives to keeping that tradition alive. Our national awards are but one small way to distinguish their ongoing efforts.”
Missoula, MT - Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today that Ryan Busse will join its National Board of Directors. Born and raised on the prairies of western Kansas, Busse began casting a fly rod at the age of 5 and developed a passion for fishing backcountry streams during family trips to Colorado and Wyoming. After earning his degree, Busse moved to northwest Montana where he took a job running the sales department for Kimber Firearms. Nearly 20 years have passed since he took the job,
During Busse’s tenure at Kimber, the company has grown to become one of America’s leading firearms companies.
. Mr. Busse has served on several volunteer boards and advisory councils during his professional career and is a passionate advocate for backcountry.