Dear Chairman Wheeler and members of the Committee:
The Nevada Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is opposed to AB 217 as currently written.
We urge you to give the OHV program 2 more years to prove that it can at last function as the legislation intended. At that time, the legislature can evaluate progress and determine if the program warrants continuation.
The OHV Commission, within the last few months, has revised a trouble plagued grant application process and within the next few months grant monies should be on their way to education, enforcement and on the ground projects. This process and these monies should be allowed to fulfill the long hoped for objectives of all stakeholders.
If amendments to be bill are to be entertained, we urge you to:
February 15, 2014
Dear Governor Sandoval,
I am writing on behalf of the Nevada Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) concerning a current ethics issue related to the OHV Commission grant process.
BHA was a participant of the many long years in the struggle to pass an OHV registration bill. Finally, when we came together as a disparate group of "stakeholders" to craft a bill we could all live with and accomplish goals we had in common, we were able to get a bill passed.
Our BHA organization has many members who own and use OHVs to get to their hunt/fish areas and then proceed afoot, as is our tradition.
Please accept for your consideration the following comments on 4 agenda items for your meeting tomorrow:
Agenda item 10 a: draft grant application
The draft application appears to comply with the very detailed directions spelled out in the law, especially with the inclusion of the form for the land managers clearance of the project (where/when applicable). We will be interested to learn the conclusion of the LCB re compliance with the law.
Agenda item 11: alternative grant application
It is difficult to comment on an alternative application given there is no draft as yet available to the public. That said, we will be interested to learn if a grant can be expedited while still containing all the legal direction spelled out in the law.
August 1, 2013
To: Jack Robb, Chair, Wildlife Commissioners &
Michael McBeath, Chair, Wildlife Damage Management Committee
Re: Predator Management Policy & Predator Management Plan
Dear Chairmen Robb and McBeath,
The NV Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers continues to support the concepts of AB 345, which sought to ensure sportsmen's tag fee monies be spent more spent effectively and wisely than in the past. Excellent provisions were included such as:
Ensuring science-based wildlife management
Reapportionment of some monies to fund mitigation and monitoring of habitat restoration projects.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.