February 2018 Conservation Partner Project Beneficiary

THEODORE ROOSEVELT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP: WORKING TO PROTECT THE FUTURE OF HUNTING AND FISHING TRADITIONS ON PUBLIC LANDS

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Backcountry Conservation Areas
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ABOUT THE CONSERVATION PARTNER:

When sportsmen unite, sportsmen win:  ‘Partnership’ is in their name. The TRCP works with 55 diverse partner groups that represent today’s leading hunting, fishing, and conservation organizations in order to strengthen the sportsman’s voice in Washington, D.C. They help identify areas of consensus, coordinate work towards shared priorities, establish plans for action, and present a united front to lawmakers who can have a major impact on hunting and fishing. In addition to their board, policy council, corporate council, and staff, the TRCP is made up of more than 75,000 individual advocates and 1,400 affiliated local- and state-level clubs and organizations. Partnership does not necessarily imply that these groups participate in all of the TRCP’s work, but the partner organizations are committed to collaboration in service of advancing conservation policy.

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership's Mission: TRCP's mission is summed up in a simple statement. To guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.  They help create federal policy and funding solutions by uniting their partners and amplifying the voices of American sportsmen and women in service of Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy.

 

QUICK PROJECT FACTS:

Right now, The BLM’s Royal Gorge field office has proposed 122,000 acres of Backcountry Conservation Areas in its Resource Management Plan (RMP) revision. These lands offer some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities, and fish and wildlife habitat, in the field office.

Sportsmen must get involved and make themselves heard in order to sustain their public lands hunting and fishing traditions.

 

 

TRCP BLM Focus Area Map
BLM Focus Areas

Overview of the issue

From river breaks to high mesas and from sage coulees to semi-arid mountain ranges, tracts of intact and undeveloped Bureau of Land Management public lands are some of the most important places to hunt and fish left on the planet. These “backcountry” lands sustain high quality big game, upland bird and fisheries habitats, support traditional resource-based economies and are widely appreciated by the public for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. Most people like these places just the way they are: intact and undeveloped.

Change is occurring rapidly across the West. We are a nation with a quickly expanding population, where recreational and ranching activities alike are under pressure, where wildlife habitats are shrinking, and where resource extraction is a necessity to meet an exploding global demand for energy. Traditional public lands users like hunters and anglers are feeling squeezed.

Sportsmen must get involved and make ourselves heard in order to sustain our public lands hunting and fishing traditions.

A solution for protecting our hunting and fishing traditions on public land

Sportsmen in Colorado are asking the BLM to safeguard key backcountry lands identified locally through public planning, to protect existing access to high quality hunting and fishing areas, promote active management to restore habitat and control noxious weeds, maintain ranching and other traditional uses of the land and conserve intact fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of sportsmen who understand, value and depend on Western public lands for hunting and fishing.

The TRCP is working with hunters and anglers to persuade the BLM to conserve our highest-quality public lands habitat and favorite hunting and fishing areas for today’s sportsmen and our kids’ grandchildren.

The impact in Colorado

Simply put, some of Colorado’s best public lands hunting and fishing is on intact and unfragmented fish and wildlife habitat. Mule deer and elk, wild trout, bighorn sheep and upland birds offer great sporting opportunities because fish and wildlife have food, water and space to roam. Many sportsmen know these best hunting and fishing areas as “backcountry.” These areas contribute greatly to Colorado’s outdoor recreation-based economy and Western way of life. 

The TRCP’s coalition of hunters and anglers in central Colorado has successfully proposed the management of BCAs in the draft RMP for the BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office. The draft plan includes 122,000 acres of BCAs and it’s crucial that the BLM include these areas in their final RMP.

When successfully implemented by the BLM, BCAs will:

  • Protect existing public access to high-quality hunting and fishing;
  • Promote active management practices to restore habitat and control noxious weeds (i.e., treat cheat grass, control conifer encroachment, and allow water developments);
  • Support and maintain traditional uses of the land such as ranching and hunting;
  • Conserve intact fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of all sportsmen who depend on Western public lands for hunting and fishing. 

The TRCP is working with hunters and anglers to persuade the BLM to conserve our highest-quality public lands habitat and favorite hunting and fishing areas for today’s sportsmen and our kids’ grandchildren.

 

Make your voice heard! Let the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office know that you support the idea of BCAs by sending them an email at ecrmp.comments@blm.gov. Click the take action button to start the process.

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