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Hunting, Fishing Businesses Unite in Support of National Monuments

Date: 
Tue, 05/09/2017

 

New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte is one of the national monuments under review by the Interior Department. Image: BLM/Bob Wick

Hunting, Fishing Businesses Unite in Support of National Monuments

WASHINGTON – More than 100 hunting and fishing business owners and sporting organizations sent a letter May 9 to Congress to show their support for national monuments and the responsible use of the Antiquities Act.

The letter is part of a larger effort to demonstrate the important role national monuments and the Antiquities Act play not only to small businesses and rural economies but also to hunters and anglers all across the country. Business owners met with decision makers in Washington to emphasize the value of public lands and national monuments to the outdoor industry.

“As someone who has helped develop the outdoor industry in Colorado and watched it grow into an economic powerhouse, I am concerned by current efforts both to curtail national monuments and weaken the Antiquities Act itself,” said Jim Bartschi, president of Scott Fly Rods in Montrose, Colorado. 

Idaho sportsmen: Time to protect Boulder-White Clouds

Date: 
Tue, 12/23/2014

Idaho sportsmen recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to talk to federal officials about making Boulder-White Clouds a national monument. Image:Idaho Wildlife Federation

The Idaho Wildlife Federation recently organized a visit to Washington, D.C., to talk to members of Congress and administration officials about designating Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument. 

"I think sportsmen and conservationists in Idaho are tired of waiting," IWF Executive Director Michael Gibson told a reporter. "People have been working on protections in the Boulder-White Clouds for 50 years."

Opinion: Time to save Colorado's special places

Date: 
Tue, 04/08/2014

Photo by John Fielder

Pueblo Chieftain: Opinion

By Bill Dvorak