Sportsmen stress need to continue implementing management plans to keep bird off Endangered list, sustain habitat relied upon by sage-grouse as well as numerous other species
DENVER – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers commended the Interior Department’s issuance today of a “not warranted” listing decision for the greater sage-grouse, calling the federal ruling “a product of successful collaboration” among stakeholders while at the same time urging continued adherence to Bureau of Land Management plans to advance the bird’s recovery.
“The decision to render a ‘not warranted’ listing decision for the sage grouse is a product of successful collaboration among a range of diverse stakeholders,” said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney, “including sportsmen, recreationists, business owners, ranchers and other private landowners, Western states and the federal government. BHA supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ruling, which will uphold hunting and fishing, keep working lands in production and enable sage-grouse populations to recover and thrive.”
Created by Congress 50 year ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our sporting heritage by conserving lands with high wildlife habitat value, important water resources that support healthy fisheries, and secure access for recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing that fuel a $646-billion outdoor recreation economy.
By utilizing revenues from the depletion of one natural resource - offshore oil and gas - to support the conservation of another precious resource - our land and water, LWCF doesn’t burden tax payers to make critical investments in partnership with state and local efforts to bolster America's national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, and BLM areas. Here's just a small taste of what some of these LWCF-funded Bureau of Land Management projects and Fish & Wildlife Service projects look like fisheries, and secure access for recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing that fuel a $646-billion outdoor recreation economy.
The Fishing Photos that were submitted to BHA's 5th annual fishing photo contest were absolutely incredible.
Besides capturing the wide range of landscapes, families and sportsmen that Backcountry Hunters & Anglers strives to stand-up for, the range of experiences that each photo represented was an excellent reminder of what we fight for - the smile on a child's face when they catch their first fish; the solitude and reward of catching a wild backcountry fish; and the wild public lands and waters that our American sporting traditions depend on.
MISSOULA, Mont. - In a move long supported by sportsmen, the U.S. Senate today voted unanimously to designate as wilderness 275,000-plus acres of prime big-game habitat and fisheries in Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds region. The Senate legislation, introduced by Sen. James Risch of Idaho, forms a companion bill to a House measure championed by Rep. Mike Simpson, also of Idaho. The House voted to advance Simpson's bill last week.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which has consistently pushed for legislation safeguarding Boulder-White Clouds, commended the Idaho's delegation's leadership and praised Congress for taking action.
"A big backcountry high five to Senator Risch and Congressman Simpson for conserving one of the most iconic parts of Idaho," said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. "For years, hunters and anglers have been working to secure the future of the Boulder-White Clouds. Getting this legislation over the finish line proves that boots-on-the-ground solutions really do work."