Join sportsmen in speaking up for national public lands!

September 23rd was National Hunting and Fishing Day, a celebration of our nation’s sportsmen and women. These passionate outdoor enthusiasts hail from both parties, though often trend more conservative. If you’re a hunter or angler, you know how much these groups care about public lands, rivers and streams and how sportsmen have been some of the greatest defenders of national monuments.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, a Montana-based organization that originally backed Ryan Zinke’s nomination for Interior Secretary, now finds itself standing up to him on a regular basis. Like last week when Secretary Zinke accused 1/3 of his staff of being “not loyal to the flag”, the BHA issued this statement defending public land managers. Or when Zinke’s monument review report was leaked, and the BHA had this to say:

“While the administration’s report remains unconfirmed, vague details being reported at this time should concern public lands sportsmen and women. If these recommendations reflect the Interior Department’s suggested course of action for Congress and President Trump, our public lands, waters, wildlife and outdoor traditions could be at risk.”

The Roosevelt Conservation Partnership posted this video in support of national monuments:

Myths abound about the impact of national monuments on hunting and fishing, but the truth remains that protected land offers better access to sportsmen than unprotected land, which can be sold and leased to private interests, permanently cutting off access to the public and harming the wildlife populations sportsmen rely on to hunt and fish. 22 out of 27 national monuments, including both Both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, do and will continue to allow hunting and fishing, while also protecting wildlife to be hunted and fished. That’s why sportsmen were some of the most vocal opponents of former Rep. Chaffetz’ February proposal to make a massive land transfer of public lands into state hands.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Stand with sportsmen in sharing your support for public lands on social media. Post, tweet and like the following articles. Make sure to tag @SecretaryZinke on Twitter and @SecretaryRyanZinke and #MonumentsForAll, #StandWithBearsEars or #SaveGrandStaircase.

– Medium: “The simple truth about sportsmen, public lands and the Trump administration” – Debunking myths in the public lands debate around sportsmen, hunting and fishing.
– The Hill oped: “No, sportsmen don’t support erasing national monuments” – Sportsmen from NM show their support for national monuments and describe how monuments enhance hunting for sportsmen.
– BHA: “Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Responds to Leaked Interior Report on National Monuments” – Conservative Montana sportsmen who originally backed Zinke for Interior Secretary speak out against his monuments review.
– AP: “US Interior chief wants smaller monuments, but not at home” – Zinke may be running for higher office, using favoritism to protect public lands in his home state in order to prop up his political prospects, while failing to make the same valid arguments about for protecting Bears Ears, Grand Staircase and others.

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