Around the country on America’s wild public lands, BHA members are helping to protect pristine habitat key to great hunting and fishing. Read on to find out more about State Chapter projects and work days.
Idaho BHA –
May 3-5, the Idaho Chapter partnered with the Idaho Fish & Game to remove approximately 3,500 feet of barbed wire fence and T-posts to improve elk migration corridors on the Craig Mountian Wildlife Management Area. Chapter members camped at Benton Meadows on Craig Mountain, did some turkey and bear hunting and enjoyed campfire camaraderie. The age of members involved ranged from 15-70! For photos from the event, click here.
In the video below Idaho BHA member Jeff Barney thanks Congressman Mike Simpson for his work to protect protect Idaho's Boulder White Clouds. As Jeff explains "one of the reasons I go up there is because there's fish up there that you don't measure in inches, you measure in pounds. Click here or the image below for the thank you video.
The CBC effort is getting more intense as subgroups report to the larger working group with a goal of voting on a full package of administrative and legislative concepts in June, refinement in July by the full working group and presentation to Senator Crapo in August. Issues still needing full group support include land and water protection and more robust forest management in the front country. In addition, a very different form of county funding is being proposed which will raise eyebrows and concerns in DC because it is so different from the status quo. Convincing local residents of the benefits of land and water protection as well as convincing the conservation community of the benefits of active land management in the front country will be a tough sell. In September the package will be sent to the USFS for drafting services, back to the collaborative in October with a DC trip to follow in November or December. Our goal is to have legislation introduced on land and water protection in 2012 in addition to economic proposals to add job stability to the region.
More information: http://www.clearwaterbasincollaborative.org/
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.