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Hunting, Fishing Businesses Unite in Support of National Monuments

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. 

Obama expected to make Organ Mountains a national monument

Mon, 05/19/2014

Photo by Patrick J. Alexander

President Barack Obama is expected to use his executive powers to establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument Wednesday.

White House officials say the proclamation will cover nearly 500,000 acres in southern New Mexico, near Las Cruces. The announcement follows years of work by hunters, anglers, area residents, business owners, recreationists and others to protect the area. 

New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sponsored legislation to create the national monument. Hundreds of supporters turned out in January when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited the site and attended a public meeting. 


Headwaters Economics: Local economies near national monuments see expansion

Thu, 07/17/2014

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The economies in communities surrounding 17 national monuments have continued to expand, according to research by Montana-based Headwaters Economics.