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.
Check out this great rendezvous highlight video from BHA's 2014 National Rendezvous in Denver, Colorado, March 21-23. A big thanks to the members, sponsors and speakers that helped make the 2014 National Rendezvous a screaming success.
Stay tuned for details on the 2015 National Rendezvous in Spokane, Washgington...
March 25, 2014
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has members in all 50 states and is committed to protecting wild public lands, water and wildlife. Stripping the Antiquities Act of its historical authority to safeguard special public lands, means less opportunity for hunters and anglers. BHA supports boots-on-the-ground knowledge of local places, conservation of critical wildlife habitat and the ability of citizens to educate our elected officials on the importance of these lands and waters.
The Antiquities Act was passed in 1906 by Republican Congressman John Lacey. Lacey was an avid sportsman known for passing bedrock conservation laws that made the restoration of wildlife in America possible. Without the foresight and action of Congressman Lacey, the average sportsman in America, like those who are members of BHA, would not enjoy the abundant outdoor opportunities we have today.
Hunting and fishing isn't what we do, it's who we are!
Dear Chief Tidwell;
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a national conservation group with active and engaged members in every state who seek out and use wild public land and water for hunting and fishing. We are concerned with the growing backlog of trail maintenance on our national forests and we are writing to ask your support in finding solutions to this issue.
As you know, the USFS has deferred trail maintenance needs in excess of a half billion dollars with only one quarter of the trails meeting agency standards and fully two thirds receiving no maintenance at all. But with America’s burgeoning population, more citizens are using public lands than ever before. With the current serious trail maintenance backlog, these users are being funneled into smaller and smaller areas with negative effects on wildlife habitat and security, both terrestrial and aquatic as well as diminishing the experience for many users who look to our public lands as a “chance to get away.”
We are contacting members of Congress to press for more funding for the USFS. But, we also think there are strategies the agency might use to help reduce trail maintenance backlogs. These are:
Provide an annual breakdown of how the Forest Service’s trail maintenance budget is used, detailing amounts for overhead costs and the costs actually used on the ground. This will allow the agency and the public to look for ways to decrease overhead and increase on the ground trail work.