Public Lands to Benefit from Final BLM Oil and Gas Leasing Rule
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A new rule finalized today by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will help to avoid conflict between oil and gas leasing and wildlife habitat on public lands enjoyed by hunters and anglers.   The Fluid Mineral Leases and Leasing Process Rule will reform and update regulations for oil and gas leasing on public lands stewarded by the BLM. The rule builds upon reforms to oil and gas leasing supported by BHA that were passed into law through the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022.  Ninety percent of the 245 million acres stewarded by the BLM are available for oil and gas leasing ..read more
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Arkansas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Contributes $5,000 to Arkansas Game and Fish for Black Bear Research
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Arkansas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has made a donation of $5,000 to support black bear research efforts undertaken by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). This contribution, sourced from the ticket sales of the 2024 Black Bear Bonanza, underscores Arkansas BHA's commitment to wildlife conservation and preservation of natural habitats in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is responsible for the conservation and management of Arkansas's fish and wildlife resources. Through research, education, and regulation, AGFC works to sustain healthy populations of fish and wildl ..read more
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LETTER: Montana BHA comments on Utility-Scale Solar Energy Development PEIS/RMPA
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*** Learn more and comment here by the April 18th, 2024 deadline *** April 11th, 2024 Mr. Jeremy Bluma, Acting Division Chief National Renewable Energy Coordination Office BLM Headquarters 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20006 Submitted electronically via solar@blm.gov and jbluma@blm.gov   Re: Utility-Scale Solar Energy Development PEIS/RMPA   The Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) consists of approximately 2,500 dues-paying members and thousands of supporters. Our mission statement is to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natu ..read more
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BHA, Advocates for Grassland Act Welcome New Conservation Tool
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Advocates for Grassland Act Welcome New Conservation Tool  Science-based project demonstrates the need for legislation aimed at conserving America’s prairies, savannas, glades, and sagebrush   Washington, D.C. – April 11, 2024 – Today, a coalition of conservation organizations is celebrating the launch of MapforGrasslands.org as illustration of the need for the North American Grasslands Conservation Act. The first-of-its-kind website documents the loss of grasslands in North America, the subsequent impact on iconic wildlife species, and the need for grasslands-specific legi ..read more
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NY BHA April Newsletter
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4d ago
Update from Chapter Chair Well, May is almost here, and despite the excitement of earthquakes and a solar eclipse, I can’t wait for it to finally arrive! There is no better time to be in the woods than an early morning in May listening to the cacophony of song birds, and, if you are lucky, the sound of a distant gobble! Spending your mornings chasing gobblers, your afternoons fishing or foraging all while the woods green up is a great way to transition from winter. I again want to encourage you all to please tag and follow us on social media, join us at Pint Nights and conservation stewardship ..read more
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VT: GMNF TELEPHONE GAP INTEGRATED RESOURCE PROJECT, 2024
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On April 8th, 2024, the Vermont team submitted a comment to the US Forest Service on the Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project (Telephone Gap IRP). The Green Mountain National Forest is part of one of the largest and most important areas of  publicly owned and accessible land in Vermont and is considered a high priority area with regard to BHA values of solitude, adventure, self-reliance, conservation, and access to high-quality fair chase hunting and fishing experiences. The Telephone Gap IRP is located on the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts in the towns of Brandon, Ch ..read more
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U.S. House Passes Comprehensive Outdoor Legislation
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For Immediate Release                                                                                     Apr. 9, 2024 Contact: Thomas Plank, 303-720-0111 plank@backcount ..read more
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Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Support Dolores River Canyons National Monument Proposal
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In the words of former Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) Conservation Director John Gale, “Conserving large tracts of undeveloped public lands as national monuments is essential to America’s hunting and fishing traditions.”[1] “National monument designations offer a means to conserve large landscapes important to fish and wildlife and valued by sportsmen,” said Land Tawney, former BHA President and CEO.[2] “Numerous monuments are open to hunting and fishing, with recent designations—such as Berryessa-Snow Mountain in California and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico—specifying th ..read more
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VT: GMNF Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project Comment Period
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4/5/24 The US Forest Service is seeking public comment on a project called the Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project (Telephone Gap IRP). The scope of the project is broad and it includes a number of proposed activities including timber harvesting, wildlife habitat enhancement, recreation & forest access activities, and soil & wetland restoration work. Last year, the New England Chapter participated in the scoping period of this process and will be submitting comments again during this period.  The Telephone Gap IRP is located on the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Distri ..read more
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Thompson Divide Mineral Withdrawal Benefits Public Lands, Waters, Wildlife
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For Immediate Release                                                                                     April 3, 2024 Contact: Thomas Plank,303-720-0111 plank@backcountryhunters ..read more
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