Created by Congress 50 year ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our sporting heritage by conserving lands with high wildlife habitat value, important water resources that support healthy fisheries, and secure access for recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing that fuel a $646-billion outdoor recreation economy.
By utilizing revenues from the depletion of one natural resource - offshore oil and gas - to support the conservation of another precious resource - our land and water, LWCF doesn’t burden tax payers to make critical investments in partnership with state and local efforts to bolster America's national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, and BLM areas. Here's just a small taste of what some of these LWCF-funded Bureau of Land Management projects and Fish & Wildlife Service projects look like fisheries, and secure access for recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing that fuel a $646-billion outdoor recreation economy.
The Fishing Photos that were submitted to BHA's 5th annual fishing photo contest were absolutely incredible.
Besides capturing the wide range of landscapes, families and sportsmen that Backcountry Hunters & Anglers strives to stand-up for, the range of experiences that each photo represented was an excellent reminder of what we fight for - the smile on a child's face when they catch their first fish; the solitude and reward of catching a wild backcountry fish; and the wild public lands and waters that our American sporting traditions depend on.
MISSOULA, Mont. - In a move long supported by sportsmen, the U.S. Senate today voted unanimously to designate as wilderness 275,000-plus acres of prime big-game habitat and fisheries in Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds region. The Senate legislation, introduced by Sen. James Risch of Idaho, forms a companion bill to a House measure championed by Rep. Mike Simpson, also of Idaho. The House voted to advance Simpson's bill last week.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which has consistently pushed for legislation safeguarding Boulder-White Clouds, commended the Idaho's delegation's leadership and praised Congress for taking action.
"A big backcountry high five to Senator Risch and Congressman Simpson for conserving one of the most iconic parts of Idaho," said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. "For years, hunters and anglers have been working to secure the future of the Boulder-White Clouds. Getting this legislation over the finish line proves that boots-on-the-ground solutions really do work."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the four House leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), introduced the bipartisan “Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act,” or SCORE Act, in the 114th Congress. Combined with the previously introduced SHARE Act (HR 2406), these bills constitute a major victory for fish and wildlife habitat, and improved access for America’s hunters and anglers.
Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.), all past chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, are also supporting SCORE.
“The sportsmen’s community can stand squarely behind this bill as a great step forward in protecting our ability to fund and implement the conservation of at-risk habitats, species, and access,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “It’s a great example of bipartisan legislation that addresses the needs of America’s hunters and anglers, and we’d like to see a lot more of that consensus.”
The bill contains seven provisions to reauthorize or implement legislation that helps fund conservation programs on federal and private lands, which boosts sportsmen’s access to quality hunting and fishing, including reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Prior to its expiration in 2011, FLTFA had leveraged strategic federal land sales to fund 39 priority conservation projects, including many that expanded sportsmen’s access to world-class hunting and fishing opportunities.