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.

Watch the folowwing videos about backcounty conservation.


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

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, 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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Press Releases


  • Banking on BLM Backcountry

    American sporting businesses are “banking on BLM backcountry.” We request that the U.S. Department of the Interior safeguards our BLM hunting and fishing legacy by conserving high-value backcountry lands. Download the Report

    • TRCP 2014 Policy Agenda

      In the TRCP's 2014 Conservation Policy Agenda we outline priority issues for sportsmen and conservation as well as our expectations for leadership from the White House and Congress in the coming year. Download the Report

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Faces of the TRCP

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.

Joel Webster

Center for Western Lands Director