What: Rally for Public Lands
When: February 16th, High Noon
Where: Montana State Capitol. Second Floor Rotunda
Who: Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Wilderness Association, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Montana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
Why: The Transfer of Public Lands is a hot button issue this legislative session. Powerful out of state interests are wooing our legislators to pursue a dangerous and economically disastrous path that would lead to excessive litigation and ultimately, if successful – less access and more taxes for Montanans. That’s why we’re jumping back on the bus and heading to Helena to fight back and make sure that the Legislature understands loud and clear that our public lands are not a toy for politicians to play with.
The Rally be at high noon, on February 16th, 2015 in the Capitol Rotunda on the second floor. Guest speakers are:
Steve Bullock, Governor Montana
David Allen, President and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Buses are available for citizens who wish to take advantage of them. Please RSVP for transportation by calling the Bus Coordinator associated with the town from which you will depart
Montana is famous for its blue ribbon trout streams and world-class hunting. That’s not by accident. For more than 100 years, hunters and anglers have worked to conserve and restore our wildlife, access and opportunity.
That legacy continues today. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers applauds a historic bi-partisan effort in Congress that has protected more than 800,000 acres along the North Fork of the Flathead River and the Rocky Mountain Front.
North Fork Flathead Protected
The North Fork of the Flathead is one of Montana’s most prized trout streams. The North Fork produces trophy mule deer, elk, moose and more grizzlies per mile than any place else. We dream of the crystal blue water of the North fork, all yearlong and all our lives. This agreement protects this important fish and wildlife habitat by withdrawing over 430,000 acres from oil and gas development.
Conserve public land I read with interest Karl Puckett’s Sept. 14 story, “Sportsmen seek protections for BLM backcountry,” about the Bureau of Land Management’s new efforts to protect Montana’s undeveloped backcountry lands. It’s welcome news at a time when many pressures are coming to bear on the kind of hunting opportunities that most of us have grown up with and have taken for granted. As resident sportsmen, we’re witnessing what has been long the norm in more crowded states — loss of access to private lands, less public opportunity and less wildlife. We’re living in a fast-changing world and a challenging economy. We Montanans are fortunate to have the lands managed by the BLM. They are some of the last best opportunities for people of average means to get out and hunt, fish and camp on a Montana-sized scale and Montana-sized budget.
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Region 2 FWP
3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, MT
Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, comprised of nearly 400 Montana hunters and anglers, strongly supports the FWP acquisition of 148 acres from Five Valleys Land Trust in the Fish Creek drainage. Our boots-on-the-ground organization is firmly committed to fostering a public land legacy protecting public lands and waters, as well as access to them.
This acquisition of nearly ½ mile of Fish Creek assures anglers and water enthusiasts access to these waters, as well as assurance their habitat value will be protected and enhanced. Likewise, the hill slopes provide important wildlife winter range, as well as habitat for those species dependent on Ponderosa Pine habitats. This land, if sold to private landowners, could result in disturbance that impacts more than the 148 acres of Fish Creek habitats.
Greg Munther, Co-chairman
Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
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.