Sportsmen and Idaho BLM Lands
Wide open spaces, rugged landscapes, abundant wildlife populations and outdoor traditions make Idaho truly the outdoorsman’s “Gem State.” Public lands make up more than 60 percent of Idaho and contain high quality tracts of generally intact and undeveloped backcountry areas that are critically important for maintaining the long-term productivity of our fish and wildlife populations and for sustaining high quality, publicly accessible hunting and fishing opportunities. Boasting hunting opportunities for nine big game species, numerous varieties of upland birds and waterfowl, cold water, warm water and anadromous fish, Idaho’s public lands are steeped in a tradition of hunting and fishing and offer an opportunity to ensure a bright future where sportsmen can enjoy their pursuits in unfragmented and intact habitats.
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Sportsmen from across America want to see these outstanding Idaho opportunities conserved and are asking the BLM to safeguard these special places as ‘backcountry conservation areas’ (BCAs)through the public planning process. BCA management would:
1. safeguard intact and undeveloped backcountry lands with priority fish and wildlife habitat and dispersed hunting opportunities;
2. focus management activities on projects that restore habitats and control noxious weeds;
3. maintain important public access to public lands;
4. maintain traditional uses of the land that are important to rural communities.
BCA efforts are currently underway in Idaho through the Upper Snake Field Office resource management planning process and will be proposed in future BLM planning processes across Idaho.
The TRCP is working with hunters and anglers to persuade the BLM to identify BCAs and conserve our highest-quality public lands habitat and favorite hunting and fishing areas for today’s sportsmen and future generations.
For more information, please contact Rob Thornberry, Idaho Field Representative.