Posts tagged: Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
CONSERVATION — Opinions among wildlife conservationists regarding legislation that could allow more motor vehicle use in federal roadless areas.
Which side do you take?
Hunting, fishing groups join environmentalists to fight federal legislation
Members of Trout Unlimited, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development are joining the National Wildlife Federation and other similar organizations to oppose House Resolution 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011, while Safari International and the National Rifle Association support the legislation.
—Durango Herald (Colorado News Connection); Dec. 31
CONSERVATION — The myth that “conservation lands” are locked up and useless to the public is debunked in dollars and sense by a new economic study that documents how conservation, recreation and preservation lands support 9.4 million jobs and generate $1 trillion a year to the U.S. economy.
The study was funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Let's hope that rational minds pore over details of these findings before succumbing to North Dakota's knee-jerk reaction to legislatively prohibit any “net gain” of protected lands.
This information needs to be considered by Congressmen attempting to water down laws protecting roadless and wilderness portions of public lands.
Read on for more details and comments from former public lands officials, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and others.
ENVIRONMENT — A coalition of sportmens groups this week strongly criticized the House Transportation Committee for passing legislation that would dramatically weaken the Clean Water Act and undercut four decades of progress in restoring the nation’s waters and wetlands and conserving valuable fish and wildlife habitat.
This is not rocket science: Clean water is better for fish than polluted water. Ditto for humans.
The Clean Water Act dates back to 1972 and the Nixon Administration.
“The Clean Water Act has led to immense progress nationwide in cleaning up our waters, restoring fish habitat, protecting drinking water sources, reducing wetlands loss and developing water-based recreational economies,” said Steve Kline, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Center for Agricultural and Private Lands. “While states play a lead role in implementing some CWA protections, the law does not function without a federal backstop that ensures its goals are met.
Waters and wetlands in the United States sustain the activities of 40 million anglers, who spend about $45 billion annually, and 2.3 million waterfowl hunters, who spend $1.3 billion annually.
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION — They don't make the evening news headlines, but sportsmen's groups working the halls of Congress are vital to wildlife conservation as the first hearings begin for the 2012 Farm Bill.
Getting a few positive votes on these measures can do more for putting food on the table for wildlife than 500 sportsmen's fundraising banquets.
Read on for the latest from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a bipartisan group that has its act together.