Minnesota BHA Friends,
The second annual Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Rendezvous is scheduled for August 14–16, 2015. We’ll be setting up camp at a Group campsite in Whitewater State Park west of Rochester.
[Directions: The park is located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74]
Whitewater State Park is adjacent to 21,050-acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area.
We’ll be in group campsite GC02 (see campground map), and the event will begin as folks drift in Friday afternoon and evening, with an extended social hour and, weather permitting, a group campfire. If anyone is willing/able to haul in a load of community firewood (ideally ensuring it’s DNR approved/not contaminated with emerald ash borer), the contribution will be greatly appreciated.
The following Op-Ed was originally published in the Duluth New Tribune, here.
Hunters, anglers and other outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen in Minnesota have access to federal and other public lands that most of the world can only dream of: the 666,540-acre Chippewa National Forest and 4 million-acre Superior National Forest, for starters. Then there are the 13 national wildlife refuges that all told cover 359 square miles.
As a citizen of the United States, you are part owner of the largest collection of public real estate on the planet, including California’s Sierra Nevada; the redrock canyons and arid basins of Utah and Nevada; the Cascades of Oregon and Washington; the Rockies of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana; the tundra and rainforests of Alaska; the vast stretches of the Appalachians; and the north woods of the Midwest and New England. They belong to you. Nationwide, there are roughly 640 million acres of public lands, about 29 percent of the total U.S. land mass.
Provided input/comments/support of/for full Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) funding and Clean Water Act protections:
-A MN BHA letter-to-the-editor (“Sportsmen support Interior’s conservation efforts,” 11/20/13): http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_294b4a88-51f0-11e3-987c-001a4bcf887a.html
-A MN BHA letter (“Give thanks for public land protection in U.S.,” 11/7/13) in the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times: 11/7/13. http://www.sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201311080245/OPINION/311080003
-A MN BHA op-ed (“An outdoorsman’s view: Hunters and anglers benefit from Clean Water Act’s protections,” 5/1/14) in the Duluth News Tribune: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/content/outdoorsmans-view-hunters-and-anglers-benefit-clean-water-acts-protections
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.