Increased energy development such as oil, gas, solar, wind and geothermal are threatening public-lands hunting and fishing opportunities across the country. In the past 15 years, more than 40 million acres of the West have been leased for development. Recently, oil and gas companies have been especially aggressive in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming while demands for renewable energy production have drastically compounded the issue by creating a “land rush” on areas available for development.
Unfortunately, many of the locations pressured for energy development also hold some of the nation's best hunting for mule deer, elk, pronghorn and sage grouse, in addition to blue-ribbon fishing for cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. Hastily developed energy projects can dramatically affect fish and game populations, as seen in the Atlantic Rim region of Wyoming.
The TRCP supports responsible energy development and is working to ensure development proceeds in a way that sustains and conserves fish and wildlife populations and sustainable opportunities for hunting and fishing for future generations.
The TRCP and our conservation partners are actively engaged in policy debates about the future of our fish and wildlife resources. We seek to find solutions for domestic energy development by participating in all levels of policy development. By working both the local and national levels, sportsmen are able to ensure fish and wildlife are adequately managed during energy development.
The TRCP works with our partners to ensure energy development is balanced with the needs of fish and wildlife. The TRCP's energy program is guided by our policy council and a a team of biologists and experts working on our Fish, Wildlife and Energy Working Group. The FWEWG developed a set of principles – FACTS for Fish and Wildlife – that call on the federal government and energy industry to address Funding, Accountability, Coordination, Transparency and Science when making decisions on whether and how to allow energy development on lands that contain valuable fish and wildlife resources.
The TRCP partners with the National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited to lead Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, a coalition of more than 500 businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to balancing energy development with other resource values and conserving irreplaceable habitats so future generations can hunt and fish on America’s public lands.
TRCP has partnered with The High Lonesome Ranch in western Colorado to develop a model landscape that demonstrates the principles of responsible energy development in diverse, mixed private and public lands ownership.
Our nation’s growing reliance on renewable energy sources – solar, wind, geothermal and wave – prompted TRCP and its partners to develop sensible principles for renewable energy development. Read the SFRED coalitions report on 10 Ways to be Smart from the Start when developing renewable energy on public lands.
There also has been a growing need for expanded transmission capabilities. The TRCP undertook a comprehensive study to better understand energy transmission policy, siting and sportsmen’s interests. Read Hunting and Angling on the Line: Transmission Policy, Siting and Sportsmen's Interests.
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
Absent a modern set of regulations, federal land managers have no way to ensure that fracking is done responsibly. Join the voice of sportsmen by contacting the BLM and telling them you want high standards in place for fracking on our public lands. Take Action
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
Why should sportsmen care about sage-grouse? Consider the fact that a once abundant, widely distributed and harvested game bird is now at population levels low enough to consider for listing as threatened or endangered. This should be of major concern to sportsmen whether they hunt sage-grouse or not because it is clear that sagebrush ecosystems and the species that depend on them are vulnerable and at risk. Download the Report
Our fish and wildlife populations and wild places are facing challenges that call into question the survival of America’s hunting and fishing traditions. We’re working to ensure a positive future for all species treasured by sportsmen – and to sustain our nation’s unique outdoor heritage.
Western Outreach Director