Hunting, Fishing Businesses Unite in Support of National Monuments

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Backcountry Hunters and AnglersWASHINGTON -(Ammoland.com)- More than 100 hunting and fishing business owners and sporting organizations sent a letter today to Congress to show their support for national monuments and the responsible use of the Antiquities Act.

“As someone who has helped develop the outdoor industry in Colorado and watched it grow into an economic powerhouse, I am concerned by current efforts both to curtail national monuments and weaken the Antiquities Act itself,” said Jim Bartschi, president of Scott Fly Rods in Montrose, Colorado. “Public lands such as the new Browns Canyon National Monument preserve incredible outdoor opportunities to hunt, fish, hike, bike, camp and float – and they’re strongly supported by local communities, who understand that these lands offer one of the best new, sustainable ways to grow their local economies.

“Since Theodore Roosevelt established the Antiquities Act in 1906, presidents of both parties have wisely used it to protect our nation’s most treasured hunting and fishing habitats,” Bartschi added. “Let’s make sure we celebrate these special places and work together to retain their status as national monuments.”

The letter is part of a larger effort to demonstrate the important role national monuments and the Antiquities Act play not only to small businesses and rural economies but also to hunters and anglers all across the country.

Business owners are meeting with decision makers in Washington this week to emphasize the value of public lands and national monuments to the outdoor industry.

“The outdoor industry accounts for $887 billion in consumer spending and 7.6 million jobs, making it one of the largest economic sectors in the country,” said Jen Ripple, editor in chief of DUN Magazine and a Tennessee resident. “Much of this economic output depends on public lands. Tools for conservation like the Antiquities Act will help ensure that America’s public lands remain not only a great place to hunt and fish but also an important pillar of the hunting and fishing industry.”

The business owners’ letter details support for safeguarding national monuments and the Antiquities Act, as well as criteria to ensure that national monuments are representative of collaborative, ground-up solutions for the management of public lands.

“Though some national monuments can be controversial, the Antiquities Act is an effective and essential tool for conservation,” said Ryan Hughes, a Nevada-based outdoor writer and volunteer for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “In places like Berryessa Snow Mountain in California and Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico, we’ve seen Congress unable or unwilling to pass legislative proposals created with the help of local stakeholders. The Antiquities Act aided in allowing these collaborative efforts to happen.”

A Wednesday press conference will feature Bartschi, Ripple and Hughes discussing the business letter and the importance of national monuments to hunting, fishing and the outdoor industry.

Date: May 10
Time: 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET
Call in number: 888-394-8218
Passcode: 6860321

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CG did not write one word about conservation, not one,

Colonialgirl
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This web site NEEDS to QUIT helping a leftist fake “rights” group push its anti-American, NON-Constitutional agenda.

TS
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Back to the kitchen with you Colon Girl. You are a screaming harpy with no clue about conservation.

oldvet
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Trumps Sweetie You still have not answered my question !

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HTFU

I must ask, in all honesty, what those who oppose current national monuments expect they will gain if the monument status is revoked? Beyond legal or constitutional arguments, what will YOU get out of the deal? And what would stop the states from selling land once it’s transferred? I get that this isn’t a hunting site, but at least a handful of the shooters on here must also hunt. Do you graze cattle and fear losing this privilege? Do you own stock in an extraction company and hope this will boost your bottom line? Are you that limited in places… Read more »

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Tionico

OK, you asked for it.. a small shot across the bow from me follows. WHen FedGov control a parcel of land, they do so with the entire might and force of FedGov. They make decisions often based on non-science, special interests (several were cited above, we all know many more.. Bundy, Malheur, Tomales Bay, Channel Islands, Monterrey Bay, Mt. St. Helens, COlumbia Gorge, Alpine Lakes, Olympic NF, Gifford Pinchot, to name a few I’m familiar with. Were these parcels of land under STATE control, as the Constitution REQUIRES, such decisions and actioins could then be made wiht far more invlovement… Read more »

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1) This isn’t a GOP “talking point;” they don’t have much use for the Constitution either. As I pointed out, the way the federal government takes over state lands is blatantly unconstitutional, and therefore illegal, and for that reason alone ought to be stopped. It can be done perfectly legally if there is enough popular support for a constitutional amendment. There probably IS enough such support for National Parks and Monuments, although probably NOT for the BLM to manage the vast areas of rural land they currently (mis)manage. 2) You seem to be making a common error in reasoning here.… Read more »

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The Antiquities Act is blatantly unconstitutional. The Constitution is quite clear about the purposes for which the federal government can purchase and own land. Those purposes are EXCLUSIVELY, for military and postal facilities and roads, as well as the ownership of Washington DC to house the seat of the federal government. There is NO OTHER legal reason for the federal government to own land. When the federal government ADMINISTERED land, as in the “Territories” of the old west days. When territories became states, they were obligated to give all the land that lay within the boundaries of a newly formed… Read more »

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What a load of fascist Democrat crap. The national monuments created under Clinton and Obama go WAY beyond what was intended, and defined, by the Antiquities Act. They have been federal land grabs, aimed at gaining increased government control over use of OUR public lands. In the case of the Escalante Staircase NM, it was a blatant payback to the Chinese for the illegal “contributions” they made to Clinton, in which the only anthracite coal deposit that could compete with the one in China was locked up. In addition, now that the Canyons of the Ancients has been publicly acknowledged… Read more »

Wild Bill
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@BB, President Trump is reviewing the Barry Soetoro (aka bayrack obama) applications of the Antiquities Act. Now, could be an advantageous time for a nice explanatory letter to the pres. Keep it short and to the one point.

Dave
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Why do you have this progessive group that pretends to be a sportsmen organization on your site.