Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is dedicated to conserving habitat in the sagebrush steppe ecoregion - habitat that is so important to Sage Grouse, as well as mule deer, antelope and numerous non-game species. This video highlights some of the ways that we are working to conserve this important habitat.
Senate legislation introduced last month includes measures expanding public access, conserving backcountry, bolstering fish and wildlife
MISSOULA, Mont. - Popular Senate legislation that would conserve important backcountry lands and waters, bolster fish and game populations and expand public access to hunting and fishing should be promptly introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and deserves rapid passage into law, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today.
The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015, introduced in the U.S. Senate in February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Martin Heinrich along with a host of bipartisan cosponsors, is a package of more than 20 sportsmen-focused bills that takes advantage of a new dynamic in a new Congress to advance issues of ongoing interest to hunters, anglers and shooters. The Senate bill has drawn widespread support from prominent sportsmen's groups, with BHA leading the charge in urging House members to introduce companion legislation.
Outdoor Life Online: Dec. 31, 2014
“Stop this Silly Talk” ... instead of continuing to talk about shedding federal land in America, let’s talk about making what we have more accessible and productive.
Field & Stream Online: Dec. 31, 2014
“The ‘ultimate disaster’... The idea to sell or give away these lands... is now a major concern.”
Petersen’s Hunting Magazine. Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015
“But instead of adding more land, our Federal government, in most cases spearheaded by conservative Republicans whom we love so much for their pro-gun stances, is looking at reducing our public land (bowhunter/turncoat Paul Ryan just made my sh*t list by suggesting such).”
Nearly 50 years ago a far-sighted, bipartisan group in Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund, tapping a fraction of the royalties from offshore oil and gas production to give all Americans a lifetime of outdoor recreational opportunity. Congress intended the Fund to be used for “preserving, developing, and assuring accessibility to … outdoor recreation resources … and to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States ….”
Despite the fact that Congress typically does not fund LWCF at the $900 million level authorized, every state has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It has built swimming pools and softball fields, improved hiking trails and campgrounds, and provided access to public land of incomparable beauty for the enjoyment of Americans of every age, background and place of residence.
From the high cool alpine meadows of Colorado to the muggy bayous of Louisiana, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has benefited a wide array of American landscapes and families. This report, "The Land & Water Conservation Fund: From the Mountains to the Bayou, Connecting America's Sportsmen for 50 Years", was developed by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to highlight just a few of the lands and waters that have benefited from the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
Click here to learn more about how the Land & Water Conservation Fund has conserved valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and provided needed public hunting and fishing access near you.