By BHA Board Member, Jay Banta of Torrey, Utah
The flaring disputes in southern Utah about the appropriate uses of public land highlights one of the very reasons Backcountry Hunters & Anglers was formed: Making sure our shared public land resources are managed responsibly and passed on to future generations.
That is why sportsmen and women must speak out against the threatened illegal ATV ride in a Bureau of Land Management administered area that is closed to motorized use.
BHA members, many of whom own and ride ATVs, support laws and regulations that protect wildlife and their habitat. That said, we often share frustrations about rules that appear arbitrary or cramp our freedom. If BHA members don’t agree with the laws and regulations we work with the appropriate agency and lawmakers to change them.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Utah Chapter
Friday, May 9, 2014
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, including its Utah Chapter, condemns the illegal ATV protest ride at Recapture Canyon as destructive, misguided and counterproductive.
The Bureau of Land Management faces a complex task of balancing multiple uses of our public lands, including recreation, wildlife, clean water and grazing. Many members of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers own ATVs, and realize that reasonable limits are critical to protecting irreplaceable resources and respecting the rights of others. No one is above the law, simply because one disagrees with the law.
The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides critical funding for public access to public lands, as well as critical conservation projects. For example, in 2013 LWCF funds were used to purchase 920 acres of publicly accessible land along the Yampa River, which now provides sportsmen access to tens of thousands of acres of prime backcountry elk and deer habitat in the adjacent Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA). From the Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has benefited many of the best public hunting and fishing areas in Colorado. In this special video shot at the 2014 National Rendezvous in Denver, members of Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers speak-up about why LWCF and public land conservation is important to them.
Missoula, MT – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today that they will be offering several options for those who would like to become life members of the organization. Those who sign up between now and the end of 2014 can choose a particular life membership plan that allows them to select one of three firearms from Kimber America. The options are as follows:
On May 3, 2014, 18 Idaho BHA volunteers gathered near the confluence of the Salmon and Snake Rivers north of Hell's Canyon to restore habitat in the Craig Mountain Wildlife Area - an area the chapter has 'adopted' by committing to do regular habitat restoration projects. This is second year that the chapter has hosted a work day in the wildlife area. This year the chapter successfully removed 16,000 feet of barbed wire from wildlife migratory routes. Here's a short recap on the event: