Leaving More Menhaden in the Water for Sportfish
Like other small but critically important forage fish, Atlantic menhaden play a central role in the marine food web. But they are not currently managed with this in mind.
Headwater Streams and Wetlands At Risk
Since 2001, a series of Supreme Court decisions and administrative actions have blocked some implementation of the Clean Water Act, leaving half of the nation’s stream miles at risk of pollution and destruction. Wetlands have also been lost at an alarming rate.
Backcountry Conservation Management
The future of 71 million acres of BLM public lands is being decided as the agency develops local land use plans across the West. This is the last great opportunity for sportsmen to conserve our best hunting and fishing areas.
Sage Grouse Conservation
The sagebrush sea is home to many species that sportsmen love to pursue, including pronghorns, mule deer, elk, and sage grouse. In fact, conservation efforts to benefit the greater sage grouse are also good for more than 350 species across 11 Western states.
Chronic Wasting Disease
Because deer hunters contribute heavily to conservation through the purchase of licenses and gear, this disease could have major impacts on funding to improve fish and wildlife habitat.
Recreational Saltwater Fishing
Because recreational fisheries have unique conservation needs, recreational fishermen want alternatives to traditional federal policies designed to manage commercial fishing.
Consideration For Our Favorite Spots
The Sportsmen’s Values Mapping Project captures input from local hunters and anglers on the areas they value most for hunting and fishing. The resulting maps could help land managers make important decisions about conservation.
Balancing the Needs of Working Lands and Habitat
Congress needs to pass a new Farm Bill that incentivizes landowners to create habitat and walk-in access for sportsmen and women. The resulting boost to hunting and fishing opportunitis will help drive outdoor recreation spending in the rural areas that need it most.