Public lands are the fabric that binds America together, part of our shared national heritage. Hunters and anglers understand this fact better than most, as our federally owned lands and waters, including national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges and other public places, provide irreplaceable opportunities for hunting and fishing, as well as innumerable other outdoor activities.
Consequently, American sportsmen were dismayed by the U.S. Senate’s recent vote (51-49) in favor of an amendment that would support and fund state efforts to take possession of federal public lands. This is part of an organized movement to sell off and limit access to our public lands and waters. As users – and owners – of these lands, we must join together and fight back against this terrible idea.
Thankfully, we have fellow public lands sportsmen like Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico on our side. Sen. Heinrich voted against the amendment to get rid of our federal public lands and also introduced an amendment of his own that would have prevented Congress from selling these lands as a deficit-reduction strategy.
Please join us in thanking Sen. Heinrich for standing up for the public hunting and fishing access we depend on by actively opposing congressional efforts to sell your public lands.
Thank Sen. Heinrich by email here or by calling 202-224-5521.
Help us speak-up for the wild public lands and waters you depend on by joining BHA today!
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
On behalf of the undersigned organizations representing thousands of New Mexican sportsmen and women, we are writing to express our strong support for the recent Gila National Forest Travel Management Plan process.
We strongly support the process the U.S. Forest Service undertook to evaluate the resources, consider public input and collaboratively determine a path forward. Our community acknowledges that federal lands are held in trust by all Americans and therefore our proximity to the Gila bestows no special privilege or entitlement, only a heightened sense of stewardship. As generational caretakers, however, we feel strongly that these lands should be passed on to subsequent generations in equal – if not better – condition than they currently are.
New Mexico sportsmen are optimistic that President Obama will do the same for New Mexico that he did today in California – use his authority to designate a new national monument.
At a White House ceremony today, the president made good on his State of the Union vow to protect more public land by designating Point Arena-Stornetta National Monument. The new monument includes 1,600 acres on the northern California coastline, including important habitat for salmon, migratory waterfowl and other species.
New Mexico sportsmen see the California designation as a good sign. “President Obama should be commended for moving forward to protect the Point Arena-Stornetta area, and we hope to see him in Las Cruces soon to announce similar protection for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region,” said John Cornell, president of Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen. “This proposal has wide local support, but sportsmen in particular want this designation because the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks provides exceptional hunting opportunity just a stone’s throw from Las Cruces.”
September 20, 2013
To: New Mexico Game & Fish Commission
From: New Mexico Chapter, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Issue: Regulating Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (Drones) in Hunting
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (commonly called “drones”) are increasingly important in the military and have high potential to contribute to the fields of wildlife biology, search-and-rescue, agriculture and many other applications. However, in private hands there is small but growing interest in using these highly sophisticated remote-controlled aircraft to scout, monitor and stalk big game. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers believes this technology represents a widespread opportunity for abuse, and if not regulated early poses a significant threat to fair chase hunting and fair distribution of hunting opportunity.
The following is a letter submitted by members of NM BHA to the Cibola National regarding a proposal to permit intensive military operations in otherwise relatively undisturbed backcountry habitat. To help NM BHA
February 5, 2014
Ms. Cheryl Prewitt
Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2113 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. A
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Re: Military Training Exercises Project – Comments submitted by E-mail
Dear Ms. Prewitt:
I am submitting my comments in response to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed military training exercises project. I have major concerns about the environmental impacts proposed in the EA, especially in the Magdalena Ranger District. My comments identify deficiencies with the analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and includes recommendations that should be incorporated in the final decision. I also request three additional alternatives be analyzed by the USAF and USFS.