BHA Responds to Interior Attempt to Unravel National Monuments

Rep. Ryan Zinke
Rep. Ryan Zinke

Backcountry Hunters and AnglersWASHINGTON -(Ammoland.com)- Following Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement today of recommendations that would undermine Bears Ears National Monument in Utah – reducing the size of the monument and altering the current management paradigm – Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney offered the following response:

“Over the course of more than a century, the Antiquities Act has proven one of our most potent mechanisms for permanently conserving important fish and wildlife habitat and upholding traditional hunting and fishing opportunities on our public lands,” Tawney stated. “The recommendations made by Secretary Zinke, if adopted, would undermine the strength of the Antiquities Act, blunt a powerful conservation tool and diminish our national monuments system overall.

“An attack on one monument is an attack on them all,” concluded Tawney. “Public lands sportsmen will not stand idly by while these attacks unfold. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers will continue to stand up for our national monuments, the opportunities they represent and the legacy they protect and sustain.”

Announced in April, the Trump administration’s executive order directs the Interior Department to study dozens of national monuments covering tens of millions of acres that have been designated since 1996 and gauge whether their size, boundaries and scope conform to parameters in the Antiquities Act.

Signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents – eight Republicans and eight Democrats – to safeguard millions of acres of exceptional public lands and waters, including outstanding fish and wildlife habitat that provides some of the best hunting and fishing in the nation.

Recently designated national monuments, such as Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico, Berryessa Snow Mountain in California and Upper Missouri River Breaks in Montana, provide important hunting and fishing opportunities and enjoy widespread support from hunters and anglers.

Read National Monuments: A Sportsmen’s Perspective for sportsmen’s tenets regarding use of the Antiquities Act and case studies of national monuments important to hunting and fishing.

BHA members are speaking up as the Interior Department’s review of national monuments continues.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.

 

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Monument land is our heritage. Is for us and future generations to enjoy and treasure. It is part of the beautiful ecology of this great, great country. It is not for making the few rich, mining to destruction, for fat f*cks riding around in ATVs and snowmobiles, grazing your cattle for free or any other twisted, short term, lazy, greedy reason.

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

I do agree with presenting both sides but not with the attacks.

Jon Brown
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Jon Brown

I am not from Utah or live near any national monuments that I can think of at this time. But I totally agree with the dissenters on this subject and want this administration to examine our recent national land grabs. Obama over stepped the bounds of his authority, as usual, and bowed to the tree huger.

James Bailey
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James Bailey

To the ammoland editors:

Stop promoting the ante constitutional and hard left BHA thugs!

You are beginning to really piss off your base readers! Change tactics or we will begin to email, text, and tweet, the advertisers, companies, and groups, upon whose support you depend financially!

Get real amaland, or we will get real with our dollars!

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

So you “base” readers don’t like National Monuments? They are a very small part of out landscape. Lighten up. They’re a good thing.

Michael O.
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Michael O.

The “monuments” of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years are TOTALLY out of line with the letter and spirit of the Antiquities Act. They are gross land grabs by fascist globalists, trying to lock up our resources and make us dependent on outside sources for timber, minerals, sources of energy, with government in total charge. Resist!

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

Horse s***. Can you prove your overall statement?

Richard G. Combs
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Richard G. Combs

Dear Ammoland, I too am tired of seeing you push commentary from this leftist, anti-gun Astroturf organization. Are the curators of this email list too stupid to recognize what a fraud BHA is, just indifferent to what they promote, or… ?

Colonialgirl
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Colonialgirl

These morons no more represent Hunters and fishermen than Putin.
Please SUP promoting the idiocy of the ” Backcountry Hunters & Anglers” which is nothing more than a left winger anti-gun group that promotes UNCONSTITUTIONAL Federal Government ownership of land.

jim s
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jim s

Come on Ammoland. Stop publishing this feed.

AlaskaTRX
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AlaskaTRX

Agree with Felixd – please stop promoting the BHA!

Felixd
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Felixd

Why does ammoland keep fronting for this organization? A little research will inform that they do not have the best interests of gun owners and hunters in mind. BHA is a front group for the left.

Redfeather
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Redfeather

I went to their website and seen members in New York, Michigan , Florida, Etc, Etc. And that explains their total ignorance with what has happened to Utah! In the first place “THERE ARE NO FISH ON BEARS EARS, Period!! The first Governor of Utah, Gov. Young, started out with 52,696,960 total acres of land. This is the land the then citizens fought for and put forth to Congress to apply for Statehood. This is land they put in their State Boundary, to farm, mine, Ranch, commit to any type of commerce that they could sustain themselves on!! At the… Read more »