NRS and BHA Initiate Partnership in Support of Public Waters

Headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, NRS is the world’s leading supplier of equipment and apparel for water recreation, safety and rescue

MISSOULA, Mont. – NRS and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers have initiated a corporate partnership that is built on NRS’s and BHA’s shared engagement in advancing the conservation of and public access to North America’s backcountry waters.

NRS, or Northwest River Supplies, was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho. NRS is 100 percent employee owned. It is the world’s leading supplier of equipment and apparel for water recreation, safety and rescue and is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of its customers, employees and community.

NRS was founded on the idea that a positive approach to business can enhance the lives of its community of stakeholders. This basic principle guides every aspect of the NRS business, from product development to marketing to sales. Everything NRS does, and every decision NRS makes, is focused on creating value for its customers, business partners and communities.

NRS is also an influential voice in river conservation, advocating for river rights and partnering with influencers and changemakers who work to make the world a better place.

“At NRS we have been involved in conservation issues around rivers and public lands for many years,” said NRS Marketing Director Mark Deming. “We’ve worked with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers on some projects over that time, and this really felt like the year to step it up and partner in a more meaningful way. To me, being a sportsman means leaving things better than we found it. And today we are called to ensure that the next generation will be able to hunt and fish on the lands and rivers we call home. Let’s get to work.”

BHA Conservation Director John Gale welcomed the opportunity for a BHA-NRS partnership.

“Partnerships are at the core of effective work on behalf of our wild public lands, waters and wildlife,” said Gale, a fifth-generation Idahoan who currently lives in Colorado. “Trying to do things by yourself is like trying to row a raft with only one oar: At some point, you’ll find yourself spinning in circles.

“We at BHA are thrilled to dip both oars in the water with our friends at NRS to keep the bow downriver and advance important conservation work together,” continued Gale. “From my college days at the University of Idaho working in the warehouse for NRS to the memories made as an Idaho river guide running NRS boats myself, this fantastic partnership feels like a homecoming.”

NRS and BHA are advocating together for some of the Northwest’s most iconic rivers. In a recent post on the BHA blog, Deming shares his thoughts on a plan to restore salmon and steelhead populations on the Lower Snake River, the longest tributary of the Columbia.

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