Conservation Roundup: Thrifty Hunting and Fishing and Why Conservation = Jobs

_by Bob Marshall
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Until there is a breakthrough in renewable/green technologies, energy development remains a threat to hunting and angling. In addition to demanding responsible development on public lands that gives fish, wildlife and recreation the priority it deserves, sportsmen can do one more thing to help out: Lower their energy demands.

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership provided this five-step program for hunters and anglers to use:
1) Camp, Don't Commute - Instead of driving back and forth to your hunting/fishing spot, try spending the night in the great outdoors. You'll save fuel, and have a great experience.

2) Hunt or Fish with a Friend - Two can get the same thrills for the fuel price of one.
3) Use Refillable Water Bottles - Those throw-away bottles create huge disposal problems and require energy to produce. You can use the same bottle to save money and the environment.
4) Scout from Home - Time and money get wasted getting to your access points, and beyond. Use internet maps to study your areas first, cutting your preparation time and fuel bill.
5) Take the 5% Reduction Pledge - If the average American reduced their driving by just 5 percent annually, they could save $130 (at $3.50 a gallon), reducing their carbon emissions - and having more money to spend on the outdoors.

People who tell sportsmen the nation needs to cut conservation spending and environmental regulations often use this excuse: They cost jobs!

Now you can tell them: WRONG!

These programs and regulations annually help to produce jobs and pour billions into the treasury to help eliminate the deficit. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the habitat necessary for outdoors sports supports businesses that provide 6.4 million jobs, with almost $300 billion in annual retail sales and services contributing $88 billion in annual federal and state taxes.

You can get the complete breakdown here.