Protecting large tracts of undeveloped public lands as national monuments is essential to America’s hunting and fishing traditions.
As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump consider taking unprecedented action to significantly cut or completely eliminate national monuments, sportsmen and women need to understand what is at stake.
To that end, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has mapped six Western national monuments targeted by Secretary Zinke for modification, reduction or elimination. Each of these monuments was designated over the last two decades to safeguard – at least in part – important wildlife habitat, valuable fisheries and access to great places to hunt and fish.
These interactive maps illustrate what we currently possess as public land owners – and what we could easily lose. Each map listed above highlights data on fish and wildlife habitat and hunt and fishing opportunity.
As outlined in this report released by BHA and a consortium of outdoor groups and businesses, when done right, the designation of national monuments can be a critical tool to safeguard important fish and wildlife habitat while maintaining traditional hunting and fishing access.