In case you haven’t been paying attention there’s been a growing number of western state legislators and federal elected officials who are advocating for the transfer or all out sale of federal public lands.
This report ****by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, “highlights how these ideas are nothing new and if they come to pass, how detrimental they would be to America’s sportsmen and women, ultimately resulting in loss of access to quality habitat for hunting and fishing.”
BHA also goes on to say that, “The report also illustrates the incredible potential harm to both the outdoor business community and sportsmen and women. More than two thirds of hunters in the 11 Western states depend on public lands for all or part of their hunting, including both resident and non-resident hunters. And, outdoor recreation supports $646 billion in revenue and 6.1 million jobs annually.”
If this is something that matters to you (and it should) here are a list of the upcoming rallies and events related to the matter. These rallies are only as powerful as we the people want them to be. Big turnouts are needed to make sure that the legislators know we’re serious about this issue. The events are being put on by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and state level wildlife agencies.
New Mexico – Happened on 1/29 in Santa Fe. Had nearly 300 sportsmen in attendance. Co-hosted by NMWF, TU and TRCP.