Stand up for public lands!!!!!!!

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  1. Blacktail Slayer

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    CONTACT CONGRESS – STAND UP FOR PUBLIC LANDS AND SAGE GROUSE CONSERVATION
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    Posted by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers | January 04, 2017
    Less then two days into the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives already is working to take away our public lands and dismantle historic conservation efforts.

    Just yesterday, the House capped its first day with a vote to give away America’s public lands and waters, recalculating the costs of public lands transfers and easing current restrictions for shifting their oversight to individual states or private interests.

    Passed largely on partly lines as part of a larger rules package, the provision would designate any transfer legislation “budget neutral,” eliminating existing safeguards against undervaluing public lands, disregarding any revenue or economic benefits currently generated and paving the way for quick and discreet giveaways of valuable lands and waters – including national forests, wildlife refuges and BLM lands – historically owned by the American people. See how your member of Congress voted and let them know how important public lands are to hunters and anglers by phone at (202) 224-3121 or by email.

    Sage grouse conservation is on the chopping block as well. The House plans to advance the Regulations by the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act later this week. Not wasting any time today, Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada has offered an amendment to the Rules Committee that would resurrect failed attempts from the last Congress to unravel critical greater sage grouse conservation plans. This unprecedented effort – at local, state, and national levels to proactively conserve the species and prevent its listing under the Endangered Species Act – is truly innovative. The individually tailored plans serve as a new model for landscape level conservation that prioritizes state and local needs and habitat conditions. The 165 million acres of sagebrush steppe occupied by the grouse provide habitat for more than 350 species of fish and wildlife, including big-game species such as mule deer, pronghorn and elk. Healthy and functioning sage-grouse habitat fuels an outdoor-reliant economy that provides a stable source of income for communities across the West.

    Contact your House members TODAY by phone at (202) 224-3121 or by email. Express your displeasure with Tuesday’s vote against our public lands and urge them to oppose Rep. Amodei’s amendment and support the historic sage grouse conservation plans being implemented in important sagebrush habitats in the West

    View members of the House Committee on Rules, including new members Reps. Cheney (WY) and Buck (CO).

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  2. Innovative Outdoorsman

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    It would just transfer management to the states that land is contained within. I trust my state more than my federal government. Im not 100% versed on this but from what Im reading, the management goes from the feds to the state.
     
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    Already contacted my rep ( who voted Yes).

    RC, it (land sale and transfer) is definitely something all sportsman (not just Westerners) should be cognizant of.

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    I have contacted my rep several times already. There are more troubles on the horizon with this issue.

    I cannot fathom how any hunter or simply anyone who enjoys the outdoors can support this or think it is a good thing. Access to these lands will cease to exist forever.
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    No need to contact mine, they voted no.
     
  6. Blacktail Slayer

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  8. Wiscohunter

    Wiscohunter Die Hard Bowhunter

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    States regularly sell off public land to make up for budget short falls where the federal government wont. And especially you living in Wisconsin you really trust Walker not to sell off public land? The same guy who has mining companies write environmental bills for him?
     
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    f you have ever, or would like to hunt in a Western state, you need to be aware of HR. 621 introduced into the House of Representatives Rep. Jason Chaffetz-Utah-3. This bill calls for the direct sale of public lands in several western states.

    Text - H.R.621 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): To direct the Secretary of the Interior to sell certain Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, previously identified as suitable for di

    I have written my congressman and both senators about this. Many of you who hunt in the Eastern or Southern US will know how hard it can be to find public land to hunt. Do not let this happen in the Western States. Below is a copy of the letter I sent to my congressman and senators. Feel free to copy it and change it to make it relative to your representatives. No public land means no hunting, fishing, camping, or hiking for those who cannot afford to own land.

    Good Morning Congressman,

    First of all, thank you for representing the people of Arkansas District 2. I feel that overall, you are doing an excellent job of keeping our interests represented in Washington. It has been a privilege to vote in support of you.

    I am writing to inform you that I am vehemently opposed to H.R. 621 introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz-Utah-3. This bill calls for the outright sale of federally owned public lands in several states in the western portion of America. Fortunately, Arkansas is not on the list. But for how long?

    As an avid outdoorsman, I enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping. I have done at least one, and wish do to all, in almost every state listed in H.R. 621. Mr. Hill, I recognize that there is a severe debt problem in Washington and major changes are needed to correct this. However, selling public lands is not the answer. In America, we are blessed to have such an abundance of land that any citizen visit and use. The funding of national parks, forests, and BLM represents a small portion of the Federal government budget and selling off lands will do very little to reduce spending and the debt.

    I am asking that you reject this bill. Keep our public lands public!

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Adam Carter
    Registered Voter Arkansas District 2
    Public Land Owner
     
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    I would suggest you begin learning more about this topic. Randy Newberg has an excellent videos series on his youtube channel about this. State Management of what is currently Federal public lands is a terrible idea.
     
  11. w33kender

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    I know the state where I hunt is overburdened and understaffed for the WMA they manage already. Turning our state's national forests into state game lands would be horrible.
     

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