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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!"  

Land & Water Conservation Fund Report: From the Mountains to the Bayous

Read the Full Report HereLWCF Report

Nearly 50 years ago a far-sighted, bipartisan group in Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund, tapping a fraction of the royalties from offshore oil and gas production to give all Americans a lifetime of outdoor recreational opportunity. Congress intended the Fund to be used for “preserving, developing, and assuring accessibility to … outdoor recreation resources … and to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States ….”

Despite the fact that Congress typically does not fund LWCF at the $900 million level authorized, every state has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It has built swimming pools and softball fields, improved hiking trails and campgrounds, and provided access to public land of incomparable beauty for the enjoyment of Americans of every age, background and place of residence.

From the high cool alpine meadows of Colorado to the muggy bayous of Louisiana, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has benefited a wide array of American landscapes and families.  This report, "The Land & Water Conservation Fund: From the Mountains to the Bayou, Connecting America's Sportsmen for 50 Years", was developed by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to highlight just a few of the lands and waters that have benefited from the Land & Water Conservation Fund. 

Click here to learn more about how the Land & Water Conservation Fund has conserved valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and provided needed public hunting and fishing access near you.

What America’s Outdoor Media says about “Transfer” of Public Lands

Andrew Harding Backcountry BlissOutdoor Life Online: Dec. 31, 2014

“Stop this Silly Talk” ... instead of continuing to talk about shedding federal land in America, let’s talk about making what we have more accessible and productive.

Field & Stream Online: Dec. 31, 2014

“The ‘ultimate disaster’... The idea to sell or give away these lands... is now a major concern.”

Petersen’s Hunting Magazine. Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015

“But instead of adding more land, our Federal government, in most cases spearheaded by conservative Republicans whom we love so much for their pro-gun stances, is looking at reducing our public land (bowhunter/turncoat Paul Ryan just made my sh*t list by suggesting such).”

Sportsmen Applaud Historic Move to Conserve America’s Finest Habitat

MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers applauded federal legislation passed by the Senate today which protects habitat, access and outdoor opportunity for some of America’s finest hunting lands and fishing waters.

“Today’s bipartisan action in Washington D.C. packs historic benefits for America’s outdoors families,” said Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “This conservation vision represents decades of hard work by hunters and anglers and other partners to keep America’s Great Outdoors the envy of the world. This is an important day for sportsmen today and for generations to come.”

Today, the Senate passed a massive bill to fund the Department of Defense which now goes to the President’s desk for final passage.  Tawney highlighted several habitat conservation measures attached to that bill: the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act in Colorado; the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and North Fork Protection Act in Montana; the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act in New Mexico and the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act.

Colorado Sportsmen Applaud Renewed Effort to Protect Browns Canyon

BC Meeting 103SALIDA, CO – After more than 15 years of bi-partisan efforts to protect Browns Canyon, sportsmen are pleased by the prospect that more than 20,000 acres in Browns Canyon could finally be conserved as a National Monument under the Antiquities Act.

On December 6th Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet join key officials from the Obama Administration for a public meeting aimed at gauging public support for a National Monument Designation for Browns.  The meeting will take place at 1:00 PM at the Salida Steamplant.

Browns Canyon is well known by sportsmen for its gold medal fishing waters and mid-elevation elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep habitat.