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Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy

Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.


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NWF opposes bills targeting national forest lands

Wed, 06/15/2016

Two House bills would transfer millions of acres of national forest lands to states. Image: Judith Kohler

By Judith Kohler

WASHINGTON – The National Wildlife Federation has joined other conservation and sportsmen’s organizations in opposing two bills that would remove millions of acres of national forest land from the public domain, endangering fish and wildlife populations, water quality and the public’s ability to hunt, fish and recreate on these lands as it has for generations.

Both HR3560 and HR2316 would remove the public out of ownership and management decisions on large tracts of national forests, which are important sources of clean water and fish and wildlife habitat, said Mike Leahy, the National Wildlife Federation’s senior manager of public lands and sportsmen’s policy.

“Sportsmen and women and outdoor enthusiasts of all backgrounds have helped defeat several land-grab attempts in statehouses across the county and we will fight any land-giveaway schemes by Congress,” Leahy said. 


Montana legislator sponsors resolution to keep public lands public

Thu, 02/19/2015

In response to overwhelming public demand for greater protection for Montana’s public lands, state Rep. Ed Lieser,  D-Whitefish, has introduced House Joint Resolution 19, which expresses formal opposition to efforts to claim, take over, litigate, or sell federal lands in Montana. A handful of legislators have been pushing for the state to take over federally managed public lands in Montana. Earlier this week, about 500 people from across the state packed the state capitol to support keeping public lands in public hands and oppose attempted land grabs.

 “We want our elected officials to protect and manage these lands for future generations, not hold frivolous philosophical debates,”  said Dave Chadwick, Montana Wildlife Federation executive director.



Sportsmen Groups Praise Roan Plateau Settlement

Fri, 11/21/2014

Image: John Gale

Sportsmen’s groups today praised an announced settlement with the Bureau of Land Management and energy lease holders that includes several measures to help protect the Roan Plateau, a backcountry area prized as a fish and wildlife oasis and a cornerstone of the area’s economy. 

Hunters and Anglers to the EPA: Protect Our Streams and Wetlands

Thu, 11/13/2014

Photo: Lew Carpenter

“Great hunting and fishing for America’s 47 million sportsmen and women starts with clean water,” said Jimmy Hague, director of the center for water resources at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “The process the EPA and the Corps have started to clarify clean water protections is a once-in-a-generation chance to ensure we can pass on our outdoor legacy to our children. Today’s letter reflects the widespread urgency in the sporting community to seize that chance.”