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.
Watch the folowwing videos about backcounty conservation.
If you live in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, or Oregon and want to get involved locally, contact TRCP’s Western field staff today.
Nick Payne, Colorado Field Representative
Coby Tigert, Idaho Field Representative
Hal Herring, Montana Field Representative
Eric Petlock, Nevada Field Represenative
Mia Sheppard, Oregon Field Representative
Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished in the pursuit of clean energy. Read Full Story on the Star Tribune Website
Sen. Kay Hagan introduced a bill that could expand access to federal public lands and increase federal funding support for wildlife habitat protection. TRCP's Steve Kline, Director of Government Relations, weighs in on the legislation. Read Full Story on the News & Observer Website
National coalition targets bills that would cancel leasing reforms, reduce opportunities for public input and block federal fracking regulations. Read More
TRCP commends Jewell’s focus on fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protecting special places and upholding the nation’s outdoors-reliant economy. Read More
How the government shutdown impacts hunters and anglers. Download the Report
The TRCP is working closely with our sportsmen partners to conserve the West’s best remaining backcountry fish and wildlife habitat on BLM administered lands. From the Trout Creek mountains of southeast Oregon to the ranges of northwest Colorado, the conservation of intact landscapes is imperative for hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands.
Center for Western Lands Director