SCI Files Comments to Protect Hunting on 193 Million Acres
Proposed Forest Service Planning Rule Fails to Adequately Address Hunting.
Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- Safari Club International (SCI) filed comments in response to the recently released National Forest System Land Management Planning Proposed Rules (Draft Rules) which serve as the basis for long term planning on all Forest Service lands.
The comments convey the important role that hunting and the hunting industry plays in habitat and wildlife management on the 193 million acres of public land administered by the United States Forest Service (Forest Service).
Safari Club’s comments focused on the need for the express recognition of hunting as a priority use of Forest Service lands and the need for reduced ambiguity in the Draft Rules so that courts are not allowed to step in and replace agency experts as the decision-makers in the planning of our nation’s forests.
“In the 49 page proposed Rule, hunting was not defined as a form of recreation, which is simply unthinkable,” said SCI President Kevin Anderson. “When this administration established the Wildlife Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, we thought it was serious about protecting our hunting heritage. Their proposed planning rule should reflect the cultural, recreational and economic importance that hunting plays on our national forests and grasslands.”
Below is an excerpt from SCI’s comments:
Hunting plays an unquestionably significant role in recreation, wildlife management and conservation throughout our National Forests. In addition, the hunting industry, and in particular hunting guides and outfitters, depend heavily on the revenues generated from the business of guiding hunters on National Forest Lands. The income from hunting supports local economies and fuels wildlife and habitat conservation. Despite these facts, the Draft Planning Rule makes negligible mention of hunting and offers little in the way of express protections for hunting, potentially inviting the courts to resolve questions over the role that hunting will play on National Forests in the future. The word “hunting” appears only once in the Draft Planning Rule, in the context of habitat management.
“SCI looks forward to reviewing the final planning rule, where we hope hunting is recognized appropriately,” concluded Anderson.
SCI’s full comments can be viewed at: http://tiny.cc/hxvc9
Contact: Nelson Freeman, [email protected]
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