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Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development

Sportsmen Release Report on Responsible Energy Development

Sun, 08/13/2017

A new report by sportsmen focuses on smart-from-the-start energy development. Image: EcoFlight

DENVER --  A new report released by the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition and endorsed by several fishing and hunting businesses urges smart-from-the-start planning, public engagement and consideration of the long-term impacts on fishing and hunting opportunities. The report, Lessons Learned: A Blueprint for Securing our Energy Future While Preserving America’s Sporting Heritage,” features examples of where oil and gas production was well-planned, where it wasn’t and where the potential remains to do things right.

As the Trump administration explores ways to streamline and speed up approval of leases and drilling on public lands, it’s more important than ever to promote responsible energy development and ensure that high-quality opportunities to hunt and fish on public lands are sustained long into the future.


Column: Healthy public lands = healthy economy

Sun, 11/09/2014

The health of the outdoor recreation industry is tied to the health of public lands. Photo by Lew Carpenter

By David Dragroo

Roll Call

As the owner of a successful outdoor business, one of many such businesses in this country, I’ve become puzzled over how Congress debates public lands issues. Often the care for these resources is pitted up against “strong economies” and “more jobs”, implying support for one means denying the other. 

This is a false choice. Outdoor businesses show that healthy public lands create and sustain strong rural economies and viable jobs. As we pursue other economic activities like energy development on public lands we must make sure we balance those uses with the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat so that our outdoor economy will thrive.

BLM launches initiative to improve public lands management

Thu, 10/02/2014


More than 150 people either attended or logged on Wednesday for the first public session on the BLM's Planning 2.0 project. NWF Photo/Judith Kohler

By Judith Kohler

GOLDEN, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is moving into uncharted territory -- and inviting the public along -- as it takes steps to improve its planning process. More than 150 people participated in person or over the internet in the first public meeting on the initiative.

The crowd on hand for the Oct. 1 session on what BLM has dubbed “Planning 2.0” included members of conservation and hunting and angling groups. An Oct. 7 meeting in Sacramento is another chance for the public to give its initial input into the BLM’s effort to more effectively and efficiently plan across landscapes.

The lead partners in the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development – the National Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited – have long urged the BLM to manage across landscapes. The SFRED coalition has pushed for the use of master leasing plans, which are intended to resolve conflicts where potential energy leases and waterways, fish and wildlife resources overlap.


Sportsmen to BLM: Better planning means better balance on public lands

Mon, 09/29/2014

Hunting, angling and outdoor recreation are important to local economies throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Photo by Judith Kohler

DENVER – Sportsmen are urging the Bureau of Land Management to chart a more effective and efficient course for the future of land use planning as the agency holds a series of meetings as part of the revision of its current planning process.

In the coming days, two public listening sessions will be convened by the BLM on its initiative dubbed “Planning 2.0,” a way to “improve our land use planning process so that we can more effectively plan across landscapes at multiple scales and be more responsive to environmental and social change," according to the agency. The meetings will take place in Denver on Oct. 1 and in Sacramento, California, on Oct. 7.

The Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition underscored the need for the BLM to use this opportunity to implement a better land use decision process that will benefit not only the agency but also public lands stakeholders, including hunters, anglers and outdoor-dependent businesses.