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.
Dear Chairman Rogers, Chairwoman Mikulski, Ranking Member Lowey, and Ranking Member Shelby,
Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been one of the most successful federal conservation programs. LWCF has played a crucial role in the conservation of our nation's natural resources, and the program has long enjoyed bipartisan support. As we move toward a crucial time in the appropriations process, it is essential that LWCF remain a Congressional priority.
LWCF is premised on a reasonable bargain, utilizing royalties from offshore oil and gas production to conserve important natural resources. LWCF dollars conserve important fish and wildlife habitat, and improve access for economically important outdoor recreation like hunting and angling. LWCF funds have been leveraged with private dollars to help conserve wetlands and native grasslands through voluntary easements on private lands across the Prairie Pothole region. In the West, Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars have conserved some of the best big game and fish habitat in the world, and have assured that those acres remain accessible to hunters and anglers. And in the South, LWCF funding of Forest Legacy projects have kept working forest lands working while enhancing habitat for bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, and native brook trout. LWCF is helping to conserve landscapes critical to sportsmen.
CHEYENNE – More sportsmen's dollars will be used for wildlife-related programs with the passage of a bill Friday to allow the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to receive state funds for two key expenses previously paid for through hunting and fishing license fee
Ten organizations united as the Wyoming Sportsmen's Alliance (WYSA) last July after the Legislature voted down a bill supported by the vast majority of sportsmen in the state which would have allowed the Game and Fish Department to raise license fees to address budgetary shortfalls. A similar bill was also defeated this year. License fees have not been increased since 2008.
Representing about 50,000 Wyoming citizens, the WYSA includes Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Bowhunters of Wyoming, Hunting With Heroes, Muley Fanatic Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wyoming Trout Unlimited , Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Wyoming Federation of Union Sportsmen and Wyoming Wildlife Federation.