Montana Sportsmen Stung by Daines' Reversal on Public Land Sales
MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana sportsmen are strongly questioning U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for supporting a controversial amendment that would enable the sale of America's public lands.
Daines cast the deciding vote late Thursday that resulted in the Senate's 51-49 approval of Amendment 838. The amendment allows the federal government "to sell or transfer to, or exchange with, a State or local government any Federal land that is not within the boundaries of a National Park, National Preserve, or National Monument." Both Republicans and Democrats opposed the amendment.
"Montana's hunters and anglers are deeply troubled by Senator Daines' support for selling our federal lands," said John Sullivan, co-chair of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers' Montana Chapter. "Just a few weeks ago, Senator Daines told Montanans he opposes selling our public lands, but now he supports this terrible idea from Washington, D.C. Actions speak louder than words, and the senator's action last night has sent shock waves throughout the state."
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a national organization representing more than 100,000 hunters and anglers around the country, is asking for your help to defend against attacks currently underway as senators in Washington, D.C., finalize their budget for Fiscal Year 2016. A “vote-a-rama” is taking place today to consider numerous amendments that have poured in from both sides of the political aisle.
Sportsmen have some urgent priorities to tackle together if we are to uphold our public lands hunting and fishing traditions. Before voting begins today, please take a moment to contact your senators’ offices to express your strong opposition to budget amendment 838. Introduced just last night by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the costly provision would enable the sale and/or transfer of federal public lands, including national forests, wilderness areas, national wildlife refuges, historical sites and other important conservation lands, for the purpose of balancing the budget. A similar attack is being levied by Sen. Mike Lee. His senate amendment 747 proposes selling federal public lands to reduce the federal deficit. If passed, these measures could permanently affect our ability to access and enjoy our public lands and waters. We need to stop them in their tracks!
Check out this BHA radio interview with Northwestern Outdoors Radio, recorded live from the 2015 North American Rendezvous in Spokane, Washington. BHA's Executive Director, Land Tawney discusses the Rendezvous and our efforts to stop a public land sell-off.
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.