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Senate Budget Amendment Would Support Public Lands, BHA Applauds Measure

Proposal by Martin Heinrich responds to sportsmen's requests, would prohibit the sale of 

federal public lands as a deficit-reduction tactic

MISSOULA, Mont. - A proposed amendment to the draft Senate budget for Fiscal Year 2016 would prohibit the sale of federal public lands to reduce the deficit and is drawing both bipartisan support within the Senate and strong praise from sportsmen, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announced today.

Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico filed S. 571, a budget "point of order" amendment intended to quash ongoing efforts by some interests to transfer or sell federal public lands and waters as a budget-tightening measure. The measure should receive floor time in the Senate this afternoon.

This week, a coalition of Western sportsmen traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge their elected leaders to reject proposals to sell America's public lands heritage. S. 571 directly responds to the sportsmen's requests.

A BHA Interview with Northwestern Outdoors Radio

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. 

Listen to the radio interview here!

Video: Voices for Sage Grouse Conservation

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.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Urges House Action on Sportsmen's Bill

Senate legislation introduced last month includes measures expanding public access, conserving backcountry, bolstering fish and wildlife

187 Chance HundleyMISSOULA, 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.

Gale, McKalip Join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers' National Staff

GaleMISSOULA, Mont. - To advance its efforts on behalf of America's wild public lands, waters and wildlife, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers announces two additions to its national staff: John Gale as conservation director and Katie McKalip as communications director.

The new hires cap a period of unprecedented growth for the 10-year-old BHA, which over the past 18 months has seen its membership numbers more than double and accumulated a string of successes in mobilizing sportsmen to advance natural resources policy.

"Backcountry Hunters & Anglers stands to benefit immeasurably from the additions of John Gale and Katie McKalip to our national staff," said BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. "John's background and appetite for engagement in the policy arena combined with Katie's expertise in communicating these issues to the media and sportsmen in general will be instrumental to our continued and increasing success. In short, they're joining BHA at a pivotal moment, and I couldn't be more excited to have them be part of our team. I've admired both of their work for a long time. Now it's time to roll up our sleeves together!"