Elliott State Forest sale
Oregon’s first state forest, the 82,000-acre Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay, is at risk of being sold off to the highest bidder. It is the poster child for what could happen to America’s public lands.
Public Land Transfer
Efforts are afoot to wrest public lands from the federal government and put them under state ownership. This would result in one likely outcome: the fire sale of these lands to the highest bidder.
Backcountry Conservation Management
The future of 71 million acres of Bureau of Land Management public lands is being decided as the agency develops local land-use plans across the West. This is the last opportunity for sportsmen to conserve some of our best hunting and fishing areas. (Image: Sara Domek)
Public Access and Habitat on Private Lands
Safeguarding public lands isn’t enough in states like Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, where agriculture and private lands dominate the landscape. Connecting sportsmen with private land open to hunting and fishing, while supporting landowner habitat is key.
Conservation That Works for Sportsmen, Wildlife, and Farmers
The USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) helps restore wildlife habitat and improve water quality downstream. But demand for the program far outpaces enrollment caps written into the current Farm Bill.
Balancing the Needs of Working Lands and Habitat
Congress is currently in discussions about the 2018 Farm Bill, and the TRCP’s 20-member Agriculture and Wildlife Working Group is also hard at work making sure this legislation incentivizes productive lands and healthy wildlife, while helping American producers to feed, fuel, and clothe the world.
Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is supported through royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas and helps pay for the acquisition of new hunting and fishing areas, expansion of public access, and improvements to fish and wildlife habitat.