Administration Chops National Monuments, Panders to Energy Industry

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MISSOULA, Mont. -(Ammoland.com)- Calling today “a dark day” for the nation’s conservation legacy, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers excoriated an anticipated announcement by President Trump to drastically reduce and dismantle two national monuments in Utah that encompass vast expanses of important fish and game habitat.

The president traveled to Utah on Monday where he is expected to announce massive cuts to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, impacting millions of acres and opening to industrial development areas prized by sportsmen and others.

The administration’s planned decision launches a wholesale assault on American public lands and citizens who own them, leaving no doubt about the president’s intentions for the future of these lands and his loyalty to extractive industries and big business.

“America’s conservation legacy defines us and is the envy of the world,” said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “Today is a dark day for that legacy. Roosevelt is shaking his fists! Undermining one of our bedrock conservation laws and selling out to industry flies in the face of T.R., who President Trump said he wanted to emulate.

“Grand Staircase-Escalante in particular is troubling with the administration’s concessions for the coal industry,” Tawney continued. “This carve-out is smack dab in the middle of some of the most important habitat for desert bighorn sheep and will impact that species immensely – all for some coal that will most likely be sent to China. An attack on one monument is an attack on them all and sets a precedent that none are safe, both existing and future.”

If implemented, the changes to the two Utah monuments would negatively impact key fish and wildlife habitat, reduce outdoor opportunities important to sportsmen and critical to local economies, and undermine a bedrock conservation law, the Antiquities Act, that has enabled the long-term protection of millions of acres.

The president’s action culminates a months-long review during which millions of public comments reiterated citizens’ strong support for national monuments. BHA members and supporters rallied behind America’s monuments system, highlighting the importance of the Antiquities Act in conserving the places and traditional uses valued by sportsmen and women.

“The intimate connections that hunters and anglers cultivate with landscapes and wildlife are unique,” said BHA Utah chapter chair Joshua Lenart, who lives in Salt Lake City. “The valuable public lands and public access in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments provide sportsmen and women with unparalleled outdoors experiences. This action sets a frightening precedent for some of the most beloved places in our country and cannot stand uncontested.”

“There’s no net gain to the administration’s plan; there can only be net loss,” said BHA member Jay Banta, a career natural resource manager who lives in St. George. “Utah’s strong and growing recreation-based economy – and particularly the economic health of gateway communities to the monuments – rely on the continued conservation of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante as national monuments.”

As outlined in this report released by BHA and a consortium of outdoor groups and businesses, when done right, the designation of national monuments can be a critical tool to safeguard important fish and wildlife habitat while maintaining traditional hunting and fishing access.

“What’s next on the chopping block for America’s public lands?” Tawney asked. “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness? The vast sage steppe ecosystem across the West? It is time for America’s hunters and anglers to stand up and resist these ill-fated ideas that benefit just a few. We are compelled to speak for the landscapes and the fish and wildlife who cannot speak for themselves.”

Review BHA’s national monument habitat maps, which highlight data on fish and wildlife habitat and hunting and fishing opportunities at risk in the wake of the administration’s review.

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

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Our freedom to hunt and fish depends on habitat. While many of us enjoy hunting and fishing on a range of landscapes, including farm fields and reservoirs, there is something special – even magical – about hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river.

Wilderness hunting and fishing deliver a sense of freedom, challenge and solitude that is increasingly trampled by the twin pressures of growing population and increasing technology. Many treasured fish and wildlife species – such as cutthroat trout, grizzly bear and bighorn sheep – thrive in wilderness. Others, like elk and mule deer, benefit from wilderness. From the Steens Mountain Wilderness in Oregon to the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, BHA members treasure America's wilderness system and strive to add to it.

We take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt: “Preserve large tracts of wilderness … for the exercise of the skill of the hunter, whether or not he is a man of means.”

  • 36 thoughts on “Administration Chops National Monuments, Panders to Energy Industry

    1. I’m wondering why this article was allowed to be published without sufficient vetting? The title shows the liberal agenda, and the “facts” appear to be the “fake” news.

      So sad that Ammoland published it!!

    2. Bha doesn’t want to recongnise Pres’ Trumps right to correct illegal acts by Pres. Clinton and Obama. Under the 1906 antiquities act only the land need to protect it wil be allowed. You don’t need 1.3 million acres for 2 buttes in Utah. The same with the expansion of the staircase n. My. The land is still ran and protected by the blm,fs,st.land,etc and you can still hunt and fish on it lol. Try hunting in a Nt Monument ! Bha are just land grabbing leftist sierras conservationalist. Bha quit lieing and show your true colors.

    3. Very disappointed in Ammoland for allowing this overtly obvious anti-Trump article.
      Full of lies and distortions. Check your sources Ammoland, I’m surprised you’d let this type of article appear on your site This is garbage press.

    4. I don’t understand why the Feds need to control thousand and thousands of acres, other than people control. When they place draconic rules on the lands there are very, very few people that actually use them. So back to my first question, why does the Feds need to control all these lands. They are prohibiting people from using these lands and the local taxing authorities get no property tax from the land. The Feds do nothing to make money rather than tax us so how can they, logically, own land? Another case of stepping outside their box.

    5. One only needs to read the title to know what to expect from the article. bha thinks they’re clever in tricking us by moving their logo off the top of the page to the bottom. So they think. Great move by President Trump to undo this cowardly, last minute, finger in the eye to the people by obama. Could this be some kind of advertising revenue for Ammoland running pieces by this group?

    6. Obama confiscated this Utah land just a year ago. It is nothing more than another land grab by the out of control federal government. The Governor and people of Utah opposed this land grab, but were ignored by Obama. President Trump is simply trying to PARTIALLY correct a wrong. Prior to Obama’s land grab in Utah last year, the feds already “owned” a full 2/3 of all Utah’s land. They won’t be satisfied until they have it all.
      Bad move by Ammoland with this socialist article!

    7. Did this putrid tripe fall off the floor at WaPo or Prada?
      Although the federal government already “owns” 1/4 of all the land in the United States, Bolshevik Alinsky Soros Obama tried to steal half of the entire state of Utah.

    8. As I was attempting to read this ‘article’, I thought I’d gotten on the wrong page. I re-checked and found it was indeed Ammoland. Apparently, somewhere in the recent past (I was away for a few weeks), one of my favorite sites on the web had been overtaken by someone who does’nt share the majority of the readers here’s beliefs. This is something I would expect to find on WAPO or Chelsea Handlers site.
      One or 2 more articles like this, and I’m gone.

    9. I’m very close to hitting unsubscribe. This newsletter had been one of the highlights of my day, but increasingly, it’s becoming a source of aggravation (and lefty propaganda). The articles by that retired Major recently demeaning the southern half of the United States nearly had my hit that button. I sure wish Ammoland would be more selective about the articles they include in this otherwise gem of a newsletter.

    10. I sorta understand a need to be fair and balanced on topics like this. But as soon as I saw the article I was ready to unsubscribe. I am so sick and damn tired of this kind of garbage, being supported by otherwise good organizations (Outdoorhub), who are NOT IN ANY WAY A FRIEND OR ALLY when it comes to land access issues. The prior occupier of the White House committed ILLEGAL ACTS in restricting these land from public use. President Trump is correcting YET ANOTHER screwup by Obama.

      Pay attention Mr. Editor. Keep this kind of propaganda coming and your readers will be going…….to other websites.
      /;-(((

    11. This article is an outright lie and full of bulls***. He gave the lands back to the parks and hunters. The author of this article should be banned from posting due to the erroneous and complete disregard for truthful reporting. I sat and watched the entire speech. There is a good job at ABC CNN for Joe Evans. That’s the only place reporting outright lies and ZERO fact checks are encouraged.

    12. Ebebeenzer I have called Joe Evans about giving these fake sportsmen a platform to spew this garbage a few times without ever getting a reply. Let’s hear why!

    13. One must remain ever vigilant to guard against the lies of ‘Johnny Come Lately’ astro-turf organizations like BHA, many of them funded by the likes of Soros, Bloomberg, Bezos, etc. When you see/hear/read anti-freedom propaganda articles like this, refer to the positions of long-time national organizations that have been fighting in the trenches for years, decades (AMA), even centuries (like the NRA), to get all the facts… Then use those facts to dictate your actions in support of positions that expand our rights and freedoms instead of limiting them to the control of distant Washington DC bureaucrats and politicians. Obama’s initial actions did nothing but remove these lands from local control and use by all interests and citizens; Trump fixed Obama’s overreach!

    14. This article is a bunch of crap! No back country hunting or fishing was hurt. The land is now multiple use and can be accessed by everyone. If you had ever been in the area you would know it is not a hunting mecca. It is dry arid land for the most part. There was a huge net gain. Land that was basically locked off to many is now open to all!

    15. Some things should be left alone .
      Monuments and Nat.Parks are great places.
      I’m not so sure they need as much land as they ,
      have . But I don’t like what isn’t being used to go to,
      large developers or Mining, gas,oil or what ever !
      If their to be down sized the land needs to go to the
      people to live and enjoy the land, not look at Industry overgrowth.

      1. @Marc DV, Congress, at a time when Congress had a brain among them, created National Parks, where things are left alone, as you so correctly observe; and Congress created National forests, where national resources can be used to benefit the nation. Then a corrupt bureaucracy complicit with corrupt industry found ways to cheat the American public, while the Fee Bees play deep state politics.

      2. Industry overgrowth? What a crock. That’s how they brainwash you with lies. Have you ever flown over this country? There isn’t enough industry in the whole world nor will there be for hundreds of years to even make the slightest dent in the vast gazillions of acres of unpopulated wilderness. The feds own way too much land they “protect” from the citizens. It’s our land and we should be able to use it.

        1. Crock my @$$
          Have you ever been to the northern part ,
          of Mich . where oil companies drilled for oil ?
          I have ! the ground in those ( reclaimed ) areas
          is contaminated for ever . The sandy ground ,
          smells of oil, you get filthy just touching it .
          You are blackened by the crud you can’t even see.
          I stand by my view some things need to be left alone .

          1. I also have to disagree with you. We are talking about Utah in particular, and the West as a whole in the larger picture. When the feds seize (unconstitutionally I might add) 85% of Nevada’s land, two thirds of Utah, Idaho, and Alaska’s land, and half of Wyoming and California’s land, when do you say enough is enough? Clinton, Bush, and Obama violated federal law by seizing additional lands without Congressional approval. Trump is finally trying to correct some of the overreach.

      3. It is a crock, sir. What percentage, Mr. Not Really Getting My Point, of United States land mass in the ex-northern Michigan oil fields? I’m sorry those were contaminated but (1) it’s a very small percentage of our land, and (2) No one treats land today like it was treated when that happened, regulation or no regulations. and (3) Northern Michigan has a higher population density than much of the US.

    16. ‘Ammoland Editor Joe Evans Chops American’s Rights To Determine Use of Their Land, Panders to Anti-Liberty Lefturds’

      There…headline fixed.

    17. I am wondering why Ammo Land is allowing themselves to be a mouthpiece for this kind of trash? I subscribe to this page to hear about firearm and hunting related items not hit pieces on President Trump. While Trump administration is not as pure as the wind driven snow or correct in all of their decisions (who among us is) after 8 years of the Obama administration what is coming out the swamp that is Washington, DC now is a breath of fresh air.
      Talbert

    18. Aren’t these the same people who were screaming bloody murder because the new EPA head rolled back the ban on lead when hunting? Why would you trust them on this. Sheep in wolves clothing.

    19. I know we need to be fair and impartial and include trash such as this to be included in our daily information so we feel good, but those who submit this trash should be held at the same level of (integrity)as they hold the rest of us to.. Go out and enjoy OUR lands NO ONE has a right to fence US out. Thank You President Trump for opening up our land for all.MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone.

    20. Fake news. This is nothing more than a roll back of Obama’s unconstitutional land grab. Fishing, hunting, and other uses are not threatened.

      1. Wow that’s awesome, thanks for sharing the true story of the great job “My President” is doing. So sad that we have Trojans like this who get a platform to espouse these lies. I would imagine that the hierarchy are also gun grabbing government lovers not true supporters of we the people.

    21. Looks like the commies at BHA are at it again attacking Americans and trying to destroy our rights. This article is full of lies. Typical behavior for these liberty-hating commies.

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