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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.


Western Public Lands

National Wildlife Federation

NWF welcomes approval of bill to conserve a Colorado natural treasure

Fri, 11/14/2014

Photo: Flickr:gmeador

John Gale, the National Wildlife Federation’s sportsmen’s campaign manager said Thursday that S. 841, the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, represents years of works from the ground up on a plan that will ensure the area in the San Juan National Forest will be conserved for generations to come. 


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.”

Sportsmen, wildlife groups address mule deer declines

Mon, 09/22/2014

Sportsmen and wildlife advocates in Wyoming and Colorado are exploring the reasons for mule deer declines and solutions. iStock Photo

BOULDER, Colo. – Wyoming and Colorado have long been home to some of the country’s largest mule deer herds, but continuing declines in the quintessential Western species are prompting hunters and wildlife enthusiasts to team up with state agencies and researchers to stem the losses and boost populations.

The National Wildlife Federation and its Colorado and Wyoming affiliates are working with other advocates and state wildlife agencies to determine what’s driving down mule deer numbers and how to reverse the troubling trend.

NWF and CWF participated in a recent statewide summit hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get input for its Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. Biologists will present the draft plan to the wildlife commission in November. A CWF/NWF fact sheet, “Legacy in the Crosshairs: Colorado’s ‘Mule-Deer Factory’ on the Decline.”

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation helped establish the Wyoming Mule Deer Coalition, which, in cooperation with Wyoming Game and Fish, organized the first annual mule deer sumit  in August to explore the causes of the muleys’ decline and solutions.



New Poll Finds Sportsmen Women Support Sage-Grouse Conservation.

Mon, 11/17/2014

Hunters and sportsmen link protection of sage-grouse habitat with maintaining healthy populations of other wildlife species.