Napa, Calif. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers today welcomed the Interior Secretary and Under Secretary of Agriculture to California for a public meeting about the opportunities to protect Berryessa Snow Mountain as a national monument.
“Hunting and angling are inextricably linked to healthy habitat. It is our responsibility as sportsmen to protect our wild country and public lands,” said J.R. Young, a volunteer leader of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers-California and resident of Los Gatos. “The Berryessa Snow Mountain region is a national treasure worthy of permanent protection for all visitors to enjoy.”
The Berryessa Snow Mountain region provides many places for outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. Blacktail deer, wild turkey, black bears, mountain lions and herds of wild tule elk call the region home. Trout streams in the region include the trophy trout fisheries of Putah Creek and the headwaters of the Eel River. The Middle Fork of Stony Creek in the Snow Mountain Wilderness is now state-designated wild trout water, and a segment of Putah Creek is proposed for this designation as well. The bass fishing in Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa is world-class.
MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers applauded federal legislation passed by the Senate today which protects habitat, access and outdoor opportunity for some of America’s finest hunting lands and fishing waters.
“Today’s bipartisan action in Washington D.C. packs historic benefits for America’s outdoors families,” said Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “This conservation vision represents decades of hard work by hunters and anglers and other partners to keep America’s Great Outdoors the envy of the world. This is an important day for sportsmen today and for generations to come.”
Today, the Senate passed a massive bill to fund the Department of Defense which now goes to the President’s desk for final passage. Tawney highlighted several habitat conservation measures attached to that bill: the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act in Colorado; the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and North Fork Protection Act in Montana; the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act in New Mexico and the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act.
The following article originally appeared in the Mountain Mail.
Journal entry from Browns Canyon on November 29, 2014.
“I’ve backpacked a few miles southeast of Ruby Mountain on the Turret Trail, trying to get to a spot flat enough to nail down my tiny shelter and gather firewood before I get caught in the dark. Getting caught out in the dark in these dry washes and rugged hills doesn’t pose much of a problem though, because there’s a half moon tonight. It’s late November, and there’s a chinook wind coming in. It won’t even freeze tonight at 8,000 feet above sea level…one of the advantages of a warm wind blowing downslope, and the fact that I’m visiting some unique low-elevation wilderness in Colorado. I come here from time to time to muscle my way into the backcountry, clear my head, and listen to the wind blow through the pinions. This isn’t the first time I’ve spent time in Browns Canyon, and it certainly won’t be the last.”
SALIDA, CO – After more than 15 years of bi-partisan efforts to protect Browns Canyon, sportsmen are pleased by the prospect that more than 20,000 acres in Browns Canyon could finally be conserved as a National Monument under the Antiquities Act.
On December 6th Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet join key officials from the Obama Administration for a public meeting aimed at gauging public support for a National Monument Designation for Browns. The meeting will take place at 1:00 PM at the Salida Steamplant.
Browns Canyon is well known by sportsmen for its gold medal fishing waters and mid-elevation elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep habitat.
A new video developed by the University of Wyoming, highlights the importance of designated wilderness areas for five of Wyoming’s migratory big-game species. The researchers detail how elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep and pronghorn all use Wyoming and Colorado wilderness areas, mostly as high-country summer range. It’s the first time that these migration corridors have been mapped to specifically see how animals use wilderness areas.
These wildlife migration patterns have been mapped and are highlighted in the video above.