We are the Washington Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
a group of sportsmen and women who are united by a passion to protect and conserve public lands: forests, mountains, prairies, streams and lakes that support our hunting and angling traditions. Washington BHA members value the backcountry — adventure, solitude, wildlife, mental and physical challenge.
We believe that public lands are important. We believe public lands, access, and conservation are bi-partisan issues. We respect the crucial role that all species play in our diverse ecosystems and seek to ensure that species and habitat management decisions are based on sound science. We believe that undeveloped, unspoiled public lands are irreplaceable and must be managed, along with the fish and wildlife they support, as a sacred public trust. We believe in being ambassadors to our sport and what we believe in.
To accomplish our objectives, the Washington Chapter is involved in contacting policy makers and federal resource managers, giving public testimony at stakeholder meetings and legislative hearings, communicating our views to the public, and hosting outreach and educational activities to our Members and the public. Our Board and Members are active participants in the community and as such, belong to a variety of public land and conservation groups.
Washington BHA works hard at protecting the things we value. If this describes what you believe in — please become a member and get involved!
Contact us to learn how you can get involved with Washington BHA! We email a regular Washington specific newsletter, you can also stay informed via this website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Our near and long-term goals include:
- Identify, communicate and respond to attacks on public lands in Washington state
- Provide strategic and independent support to appropriate local conservation initiatives, including:
- Protecting the Methow Headwaters from industrial mining through education, outreach and advocacy.
- Provide value to habitat connectivity efforts and support for efforts to reduce vehicle-induced mortality of deer and elk in key areas, including around Vantage and in Okanogan County.
- Supporting efforts related to education and outreach on wildfire ecology, as well as wildfire policies that advance healthy forests and quality habitat.
- Guide volunteer participation in targeted boots on-the-ground conservation work.
- Continue public access easement program. Identify landlocked public lands and pursue opportunities to open access.
- Other appropriate conservation issues in Washington state as they arise pending capacity and board approval.
- Organize Chapter Members to interact with elected and agency leaders relevant to BHA's mission and our shared passion for public lands, waters and wildlife.
Work to increase awareness of conservation issues in our region, and ways to take action on behalf of Washington's public lands, waters and wildlife.