Alaska Roadless Habitat Conserved, Local Economies Boosted in USDA Plan

Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska could have roadless protections restored, will add new conservation measures; region will receive $25 million as economic boost MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry roadless lands in the Tongass National Forest, a public lands crown jewel in southeast Alaska, will see conservation safeguards restored and new measures put in place under… Continue reading Alaska Roadless Habitat Conserved, Local Economies Boosted in USDA Plan

U.S. Wetlands and Waterways to Gain Additional Protections

Biden administration takes action to boost conservation of small streams and wetlands, improve measures implemented by previous administrations WASHINGTON – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers welcomed an announcement by the Biden administration that it will revise federal protections for U.S. wetlands and waterways and work to overturn an existing rule that reduces federal oversight of more… Continue reading U.S. Wetlands and Waterways to Gain Additional Protections

BHA Responds to Appointment of Moore as Forest Service Chief

MISSOULA, Mont. – Following an announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the appointment of Randy Moore as chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney offered the following response: “Randy Moore brings a career spent in public resource management to the helm of the U.S. Forest Service. He is… Continue reading BHA Responds to Appointment of Moore as Forest Service Chief

BHA Honors Conservation Warriors with Annual Awards

Standout sportsmen and women recognized at BHA Rendezvous for commitment to North American lands and waters MISSOULA, Mont. – At the 10th annual Backcountry Hunters & Anglers North American Rendezvous, held in Missoula, Montana, June 3-5, an enthusiastic crowd of public lands sportsmen and women applauded BHA’s 2021 slate of award winners. BHA’s annual awards… Continue reading BHA Honors Conservation Warriors with Annual Awards

Sale of Arkansas Public Lands Cancelled Following BHA Pushback

BHA Arkansas chapter led opposition by sportsmen and women to sale of Pine Tree WDA, relied upon by generations of hunters and anglers PINE TREE, Ark. – Prime fish and game habitat in eastern Arkansas will remain publicly owned and publicly accessible following today’s cancellation of a planned land sale that was strongly opposed by… Continue reading Sale of Arkansas Public Lands Cancelled Following BHA Pushback

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil Leases Suspended

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers commends Biden administration decision to support wildlife-rich habitat in Alaska MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers commended a move by the Biden administration to suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska – and for taking a step toward conserving wildlife-rich public lands in the Arctic… Continue reading Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil Leases Suspended

Smith & Wesson and BHA Launch Partnership in Support of Public Lands

Founded in 1852, Smith & Wesson is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of quality firearms and firearm safety/security products MISSOULA, Mont. – Smith & Wesson has stepped up as a new corporate partner of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, amplifying the company’s 169-year commitment to fish and wildlife conservation and citizens’ ability to access and experience the… Continue reading Smith & Wesson and BHA Launch Partnership in Support of Public Lands

BHA Cheers New Hunting and Fishing Opportunities Proposed for National Wildlife Refuges

Increased opportunities for hunting, angling could become available on 90 refuges, one fish hatchery MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers applauded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to expand public hunting and fishing opportunities within the National Wildlife Refuge System. The increases would enhance public access to 2.1 million acres, encompassing 90 national wildlife refuges… Continue reading BHA Cheers New Hunting and Fishing Opportunities Proposed for National Wildlife Refuges

Administration’s ‘America the Beautiful’ Plan Focuses on Collaboration, Transparency, Backcountry

Ambitious conservation plan commits to active efforts to engage a range of stakeholders and advance goal of conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 WASHINGTON – A comprehensive conservation plan released today by the Biden administration prioritizes collaborative conservation models that ensure accountability and public transparency, incentivize voluntary stewardship by private land… Continue reading Administration’s ‘America the Beautiful’ Plan Focuses on Collaboration, Transparency, Backcountry

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,… Continue reading NRS and BHA Initiate Partnership in Support of Public Waters