From the headwaters to the ocean, free-flowing rivers support human health, prosperity and our way of life. The salmon and steelhead runs of the Columbia River Basin are a classic example, feeding Native cultures for thousands of years and remaining valuable for anglers, tourist business and rural communities from Astoria, Oregon, to Stanley, Idaho. These ageless fish runs are threatened by unbalanced uses of the rivers, particularly excessive hydropower exploitation.
We all use electricity, so we all share responsibility to not allow our demands for energy destroy priceless natural resources, such as salmon. The tradition of catching wild, ocean-running fish on the big rivers of the Pacific Northwest is part of our social fabric that we must pass on to our children and grandchildren. There is no substitute.
BHA does as much to protect quality fishing as we do for hunting.
• We are walking point in Idaho's Clearwater Basin, advocating longterm protections for world-class fisheries like Kelly Creek, the alpine tarns of the Mallard-Larkin and the tributaries of the irreplaceable Clearwater River. Keep the Clearwater Clear!
• In Montana, we spearheaded state regulations to limit personal watercraft and motorboat traffic on the Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers near Missoula, protecting opportunities for fishing in peace and quiet.
• In Colorado, we are working to protect the high, undeveloped backcountry that are the sources of water for trout streams far downstream.
• In Yellowstone National Park, we have long advocated restoration and protection of native cutthroat trout fisheries, both in Yellowstone Lake and streams.
• Nationwide, we have offered rewards and watchdogged illegal motorized abuse of fisheries, from ATV traffic to illegal helicopter guiding.
We love to hunt and fish - and we know you do, too! Thanks to you, our "sportsmen's voice" is getting stronger everyday.
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The state of Alaska is considering setting a dangerous precedent by permitting what would be the largest coal strip mine in the state right through a salmon-bearing stream that flows into Cook Inlet about 45 miles west of Anchorage.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.