Backcountry Beat, November 2021
The last few weeks have left me feeling both exhausted and elated. I was fortunate to shoot a mule deer buck last week, and man, that pack-out was gnarly. Type two fun, as the kids say. I’m looking forward to some public land groceries!
This month also included some amazing milestones for conservation in the United States. A massive infrastructure bill was signed by the president - a once-in-a-generation shot of money that will truly make a dent in our most pressing conservation issues, including reclaiming public lands impacted by extractive development, maintaining and repairing Forest Service roads and trails, improving fish and wildlife habitat connectivity and wildfire risk reduction.
And just days ago, the House of Representatives voted to advance a $1.7 trillion spending bill with broad implications for public lands and waters. The Build Back Better Act invests heavily in our shared lands and waters, important habitat and key management programs. We owe House members our thanks for their commitment to seeing this bill across the finish line after many months of deliberations. Now...on to the Senate!
I hope all of you have been enjoying time with family and friends this last week. As I joined my family for dinner last Thursday, I gave thanks for so many things...not least my BHA family and all of you who inspire me with your drive, determination and commitment to our mission, each and every day.
I hope this next year brings even more victories - and reasons for gratitude.
Onward and Upward,
President and CEO, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers