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NWF opposes bills targeting national forest lands

Date: 
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. 

 

NWF praises forest watershed bill as investment in critical resource

Date: 
Wed, 11/12/2014

Sen. Martin Heinrich has introduced a bill to restore and protect watersheds on national forest lands. Photo by John Gale.

Contrary to rhetoric, Westerners want to keep public lands in public hands

Date: 
Tue, 09/16/2014

By Dave Chadwick and Garrett VeneKlasen

Roll Call

There is nothing more American than enjoying our public lands. All summer long, Americans packed picnics and campers, grabbed their fishing gear and headed to the woods, the mountains, the shores and the grasslands of America’s public lands — America’s big backyard.