Issues: Backcountry Conservation


One of the reasons sportsmen experience high-quality hunting and fishing on public lands is because of backcountry areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management. These intact public lands offer key habitat for numerous fish and wildlife species, including wild trout and salmon, upland game birds, mule deer, elk, pronghorn and wild sheep. These lands also contribute to America’s $821 billion per year outdoor recreation based economy. Despite their importance, however, these places and the resources they sustain are facing mounting development pressures across the West from traditional and renewable energy development, transmission corridors and poorly managed off-road vehicle use.


As development pressures continue to mount on our public lands, the TRCP is working with sportsmen’s organizations, hunters and anglers, local groups and businesses, and state and federal decision makers to ensure that important BLM backcountry areas are conserved. This includes working through local BLM land use planning processes in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon to safeguard specific areas as BLM “Backcountry Conservation Areas.”

These efforts seek to maintain access important for sportsmen and allow habitat projects - such as the installation of water guzzlers for wild sheep and restoration of sage brush for mule deer and sage grouse - while conserving the backcountry character of intact public lands for the benefit of fish, wildlife and our outdoor heritage.


American sportsmen have the opportunity to weigh in and support the conservation of our finest BLM fish and wildlife habitat. We need your help to assure that our backcountry resources are managed in a way that sustains fish and wildlife populations.

Sign up as a TRCP Western Sportsman Advocate to make a difference!

If you live in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, or Oregon and want to get involved locally, contact TRCP’s Western field staff today.

John Hamill, Arizona Field Representative

Nick Payne, Colorado Field Representative

Coby Tigert, Northwest Region Field Manager and Idaho Field Representative

Hal Herring, Montana Field Representative

Eric Petlock, Southwest Region Field Manager and Nevada Field Represenative

Mia Sheppard, Oregon Field Representative

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