Karl Findling could be a poster boy for public lands and our access to them. Findling has hunted and fished Oregon’s public lands for four decades and his passion for their preservation runs deep. Few people have covered as much of the state as Findling. Whether it’s the SE Desert region, Eastern Mountains, the Central Region, Cascade Mountains, or Western Oregon, Karl knows Oregon from a boots-on-the-ground perspective better than most of us. To help fuel his passion for wild backcountry, Karl is a longtime Captain in the Bend Fire Department. On the side, he created Oregon Pack Works which manufactures interchangeable modular pack systems for sportsmen and markets them worldwide. Oregon Pack Works is one of thousands of businesses which help drive a 646 billion dollar national outdoor recreation economy. And, much of that economy is fueled by the legacy of public lands and our access to them.
January 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tim Brass, Southern Rockies Coordinator, 651-206-4669
Land Tawney, Executive Director, 406-370-4325
DENVER, COLORADO — Sportsmen from Colorado and beyond today applauded the state of Colorado for moving to protect traditional, fair chase hunting by curbing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) to pursue wildlife.
Earlier today, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission voted to make Colorado the first state where hunting tradition and fair chase are protected from civilian use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) for hunting.
For sportsmen and women who depend on public access to hunt and fish, here’s a bit of good news – Congress is making strides towards permanently funding one of the most important funding sources for public hunting and fishing access: the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
In a recent letter to the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Republican House members emphasized the importance of the Land & Water Conservation Fund to the outdoor enthusiasts and to $1.06 trillion outdoor recreation and tourism based economy that they help sustain. They requested that LWCF be permanently funded and that other House members join in supporting this tax-free public access and conservation program, which recent polls suggest, is supported by 85 percent of Americans.
Signers of this letter included Congressman Steve Daines (MT), Mike Simpson (ID) and Dave Reichert (WA). If your Congressman stood up for public hunting and fishing access, take a minute to thank them. If not, take a minute to contact them and explain the importance of public access to your hunting and fishing pastimes.
Photo Courtesy of Nathan Nichols, 2013 Hunting Photo Contest.
Pebble Mine: BHA has been working to stop the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay. The Pebble Mine, if allowed to proceed, would be the largest copper/gold mine in North America. The location of the mine would be right above Bristol Bay, a pristine fishery that is home to the world’s largest Sockeye salmon run. In addition to salmon, the bay is home to a huge diversity of other fish and marine mammals and sea birds. BHA does not believe the short term benefits would make up for the long term effects of placing a gigantic mine above one of our last great fisheries. This part of Alaska has frequent earthquakes, which could easily jeopardize the dams necessary to hold back toxic mine tailings. Alaska BHA members have been meeting with biologists and Board of Fisheries directors and making comments about proposed actions and proposed legislation.
For a BHA blog on the Pebble Mine.
To read more about BHA Alaska’s efforts to stop the Pebble Mine, as well as other issues that Alaska BHA is involved in, click here.
BHA members founded a new Arizona State Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in September and will be working to identify key areas for protection.