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  • Boulder-White Clouds | Our Public Lands
    sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Boulder White Clouds IWF adds to 70 plus year track record of wins for sportsmen conservation Date Thu 02 04 2016 Incoming Idaho Wildlife Federation President Kahle Becker left and Michael Gibson former IWF executive director Image Lew Carpenter By Lew Carpenter NWF Regional Representative In 1938 the Idaho Wildlife Federation IWF celebrated one of its first victories when it organized and circulated petitions and lobbied for the passage of an initiative establishing a professional Fish and Game Department and Fish and Game Commission For more than 75 years IWF has consistently delivered legislative victories for the benefit of sportsmen sportswomen wildlife and habitat Last year IWF s work on behalf of sportsmen and women and conservation paid off when the Boulder White Clouds area secured congressional wilderness protection The designation came on the heels of IWF s strong leadership and advocacy to protect that special place through monument status which ultimately lead to the wilderness bill IWF led the charge through the Sportsmen for Boulder White Clouds campaign There is still work to be done in protecting the East Fork of the Salmon watershed Michael Gibson said The East Fork is the highest spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead found anywhere in the world Tags Idaho Wildlife Federation Boulder White Clouds public lands greater sage grouse bighorn sheep Read more about IWF adds to 70 plus year track record of wins for sportsmen conservation Sportsmen outdoor enthusiasts celebrate newly designated wilderness in Idaho Date Sun 08 09 2015 Highly prized fish and wildlife habitat is part of a new wilderness area in Idaho

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/tags/boulder-white-clouds-0 (2016-05-01)
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  • bighorn sheep | Our Public Lands
    work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More bighorn sheep IWF adds to 70 plus year track record of wins for sportsmen conservation Date Thu 02 04 2016 Incoming Idaho Wildlife Federation President Kahle Becker left and Michael Gibson former IWF executive director Image Lew Carpenter By Lew Carpenter NWF Regional Representative In 1938 the Idaho Wildlife Federation IWF celebrated one of its first victories when it organized and circulated petitions and lobbied for the passage of an initiative establishing a professional Fish and Game Department and Fish and Game Commission For more than 75 years IWF has consistently delivered legislative victories for the benefit of

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/tags/bighorn-sheep (2016-05-01)
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  • Sportsmen, wildlife advocates ramp up defense of public lands with rallies, work at statehouses | Our Public Lands
    introduced a bill to declare the second Saturday in May as Public Lands Day to recognize the significant contributions that national public lands within Colorado make to wildlife recreation the economy and to Coloradans quality of life A Senate committee unanimously approved the bill sending it to the full Senate However an amendment includes language that takes aim at federal management of public lands Public lands are of utmost importance for sportsmen These lands are the backbone of our collective heritage and outdoor traditions As a fringe minority in the West has pushed to dismantle our public lands heritage hunters and anglers have joined wildlife advocates and other outdoor enthusiasts to push back to keep this important American birthright intact Aaron Kindle NWF s Western sportmen s campaign manager In 2014 the National Wildlife Federation s affiliates unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming their support of keeping national public lands public NWF and its state and territorial affiliates sent a letter Jan 29 to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Attorney General Loretta Lynch seeking a final peaceful resolution of the unlawful takeover of the Malheur refuge by militants demanding the transfer of national public lands to state and local governments As the illegal occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge winds down perpetrators are held accountable and damages are repaired we must also focus on the policy dispute at the heart of this debate Should our public lands be sustained for the benefit of all Americans or should they be exploited for the enrichment of the few or sold off to the highest bidder says Collin O Mara president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation AROUND THE WEST Rees executive director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders t he National Wildlife Federation s state affiliate in Oregon Rees spoke at rally Jan 19 in downtown Portland where about 300 people gathered to call for an end to the illegal occupation of the wildlife refuge near Burns Ore We were all here together as a collective bird watchers wildlife watchers hunters and anglers to send the message that we want the militants off our land Rees says The New Mexico Wildlife Federation followed up with a rally on Thursday Jan 21 at the state Capitol in Santa Fe to let legislators know they need to keep their hands off our public lands Sportsmen and women and other conservationists gathered at the New Mexico statehouse in Santa Fe to let legisltors know they want public lands to stay in public hands Image Andrew Miller Hunters anglers outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife lovers filled the rotunda at the capitol with one message public lands in New Mexico aren t for sale New Mexico Wildlife Federation Executive Director Garrett VeneKlasen called this day a day for New Mexico hunters anglers hikers campers and all other public lands users to show their strong support for keeping our public lands in public hands Sportsmen in particular have been using our national forests and other federal public lands

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/news/sportsmen-wildlife-advocates-ramp-defense-public-lands-rallies-work-statehouses (2016-05-01)
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  • Association of Northwest Steelheaders | Our Public Lands
    350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival Stay up to date on public lands issues with a monthly email Sign Up News 04 27 2016 NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Association of Northwest Steelheaders Sportsmen wildlife advocates ramp up defense of public lands with rallies work at statehouses Date Tue 01 19 2016 People gather for a rally at the New Mexico state capitol that drew a crowd of about 300 to demand that public lands stay in public hands Image Lew Carpenter As the National Wildlife Federation and its state affiliates geared up to defend public lands with the start of new legislative sessions the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge prompted rallies from Seattle to Santa Fe by sportsmen and women to say Keep public lands in public hands About 300 people attended a Jan 19 demonstration in Portland Ore where Bob Rees of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders NWF s Oregon state affiliate spoke Garret VeneKlasen New Mexico Wildlife Federation executive director was among the speakers at a Jan 21 rally in Santa Fe As the illegal occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge winds down

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/tags/association-northwest-steelheaders (2016-05-01)
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  • Wyoming Wildlife Federation hires new executive director | Our Public Lands
    Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Wyoming Wildlife Federation hires new executive director Chamois Andersen is the new executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation LARAMIE Wyo The Wyoming Wildlife Federation has hired Chamois Andersen as executive director She begins her role Jan 1 overseeing the wildlife organization in its 79 th year of operations Andersen brings extensive experience to the WWF mission to conserve Wyoming s wildlife habitat and outdoor opportunities Previously she served as publications and communications manager for the Wyoming State Geological Survey Before that she was communications manger for the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the University of Wyoming Her natural resource agency work includes head of communications for the Marine Region for the California Department of Fish and Game and public information officer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife Her blend of high level business experience scientific writing and her background with game and fish agencies and nonprofits made Chamois an incredibly skilled and seasoned candidate to lead WWF said Dave Moody president of the WWF board Andersen began her career as an environment and outdoor beat reporter working for various weekly and daily newspapers in Colorado She has facilitated wildlife media panels and has presented on wildlife management and conflicts to the public She has also taught a UW communications course for natural resource professionals It is an honor and a privilege to lead the Wyoming Wildlife Federation into a future where hunters and anglers can continue to have a voice and for which the conservation of our wildlife resource takes precedence says Andersen This is an enduring organization with a long history of working for sportsmen

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/news/wyoming-wildlife-federation-hires-new-executive-director (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater sage-grouse escapes congressional funding assaults | Our Public Lands
    oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Greater sage grouse escapes congressional funding assaults Federal lawmakers rejected amendments to a proposed spending bill that could have derailed greater sage grouse conservation plans Image NWF By Judith Kohler DENVER The National Wildlife Federation said Wednesday that an agreement on a 1 15 trillion federal spending bill is good news for greater sage grouse conservation because of what it doesn t contain provisions that would have derailed work to save the signature Western species and the habitat that supports more than 350 species Federal lawmakers rejection of amendments to the proposed omnibus spending bill that could have blocked implementation of federal sage grouse conservation plans is a boost to saving some of our country s irreplaceable landscapes said Aaron Kindle the National Wildlife Federation s Western sportsmen s campaign manager He noted that a 2014 NWF poll found nine out of 10 Western sportsmen support conserving sage grouse whose numbers have been declining for decades Sportsmen and women and other Westerners across the region have come together to support conserving greater sage grouse and the sagebrush steppe which is home to mule deer pronghorn elk golden eagles and many other species Kindle added It s time to carry on the hard work of bringing the bird back from the brink of no return and ensuring public lands that sustain hunting angling recreation and local economies remain healthy The federal funding agreement is also a boon for the Gunnison sage grouse said Kate Zimmerman the National Wildlife

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/news/greater-sage-grouse-escapes-congressional-funding-assaults (2016-05-01)
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  • New Poll Finds Sportsmen Women Support Sage-Grouse Conservation. | Our Public Lands
    on the federal Endangered Species List A listing likely would lead to more stringent long term constraints that would affect such activities as hunting fishing recreation and grazing said John Gale NWF s national sportsmen s campaign manager First and foremost it s critical that we save this iconic Western wildlife species Gale said We can do that with strong conservation plans that protect key greater sage grouse habitat while allowing responsible energy development grazing and other activities on other public lands The plight of the Gunnison sage grouse underlines how important it is to act decisively using sound science to conserve a species before more drastic measures are necessary Gale added The U S Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it is classifying the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened to keep it from going extinct The Gunnison sage grouse smaller than the greater sage grouse is found in portions of Colorado and southeastern Utah on just 7 percent of its historic range While greater sage grouse numbers have been declining for years the chicken sized bird with the spiky tail feathers and extravagant mating dance still occupies about 56 percent of its historic range Its habitat has been carved up and diminished by among other things urban growth oil and gas drilling invasive species and drought Under a court ordered agreement Fish and Wildlife will decide by next year whether to list the greater sage grouse If we are to prevent the listing of the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act we must engage in collaborative implementation strategies that will lead to population increases throughout the bird s range said Ed Arnett director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Center for Responsible Energy Development More than 350 species of plants and animals rely on healthy sagebrush habitat The greater sage grouse is the canary in this particular coal mine and how we deal with it will affect an entire ecosystem The poll conducted by Southwick Associates for NWF shows a majority of sportsmen and women in 11 Western states agree Among the results from the survey of 1 335 hunters between Sept 23 and Oct 3 are Nine out of ten hunters believe it is important to take action to protect sage grouse habitat within their state Moreover 84 percent of hunters support steps by the BLM to protect critical sage grouse habitat even if it means limiting energy development grazing rights or access for motorized recreation on those lands Hunters generally link protection of sage grouse habitat with maintaining healthy populations of other wildlife species About 81 percent of hunters are at least somewhat convinced that steps taken to protect the sage grouse such as maintaining large tracts of undisturbed lands or limiting resource extraction activities also benefits other game species that share the same habitat e g elk mule deer pronghorn and preserves hunting traditions long associated with the American West Nearly 79 percent of the respondents had fished or hunted on public land

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/news/new-poll-finds-sportsmen-women-support-sage-grouse-conservation (2016-05-01)
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  • Gunnison sage grouse | Our Public Lands
    Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Gunnison sage grouse Greater sage grouse escapes congressional funding assaults Date Wed 12 16 2015 An agreement on a new federal spending bill spares greater sage grouse conservation plans marked earlier this year at a news conference with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell other federal officials and Western governors Image NWF Jack Dempsey By Judith Kohler The National Wildlife Federation said an agreement on a 1 15 trillion federal spending bill is good news for greater sage grouse conservation because of what it doesn t contain provisions that would have derailed work to save the signature Western species and the habitat that supports

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/tags/gunnison-sage-grouse-0 (2016-05-01)
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