October 17, 2021

Myths About Transfer of Public Lands Act?

VIDEO: Gosh! This sounds good, but…….who really owns that land? Who?

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WWP Bragging About Closing Livestock Grazing on 130,000 Acres of Public Land in Idaho

While Jon Marvel boasts of his radical organization’s ability to manipulate the government, along with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), and permanently shut down 130,000 acres of public land to livestock grazing, some wonder just exactly what the IDFG is up to.

One sportsman who recently attended one of IDFG’s “Non-hunting wildlife diversity meetings,” had this to say:

“I am sure you would have had fun sitting there and listening during the Wildlife Diversity groups as our IDFG staff asked a member of Ralph Maughn’s board write up a plan on alternative funding along with former IDFG Commissioner Power, current IDFG supervisor Steve Schmidt and other IDFG staff.” “ The IDFG staff made Sure that I had to stand up in front of everyone and talk about Why alternative funding wasn’t supported by the core sportsmen and ranchers.” “As I was the only one that was against it in the room of about 20 people.” “Our IDFG Staff really knows how to make hunters feel so “Warm and Fuzzy and Welcome”….LOL

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Federal Land Closures: Political Theatre at its Worst

USSA Calls on President Obama to Take Action

(Columbus) – As Washington D.C. faces another government shutdown, hunters, anglers and trappers across the country are facing a shutdown of their own. From Alaska to Florida, sportsmen and women are finding that the budgetary standoff in Congress is having a direct impact on their hunting or fishing season.

The federal government has issued directives to “close” accessible public lands and waters while the government is “shutdown.” At stake are millions of acres of public land administered by agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Park Service (NPS). For decades the public has been free to access these lands for recreational purposes—including hunting, fishing and trapping—without securing any specific form of permission or authorization. But now, these agencies are being told to close access to their lands because of the standoff taking place over funding the federal government.

“These lands are generally accessible to the public without special entrance fees, passage through gates, or access via controlled roads or waterways,” said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA President and CEO. “Not only are these closures unnecessary, they run contrary to law. This is ‘political theatre’ at its very worst.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance delivered a letter to President Obama today demanding that these closures be lifted to allow American hunters and anglers to once again pursue their way of life. Click here to read the letter.

These closures are occurring on lands where federal law mandates hunting and where hunting is statutorily determined to be a “priority public use.” Lack of an agreement on a federal budget does not terminate the effect of the law which clearly allows for hunting.

In 1995 and 1996, the federal government went through a similar situation as Congress and the White House locked horns. The ensuing “shutdown” did not result in closure orders for accessible public lands.

“It’s a shame that these closures are being implemented as a punishment against sportsmen and women,” said Pinizzotto. “These lands are our lands, and American sportsmen and women—and the general public—deserve better than this.”

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Stellar 2012 Leads to Higher Hopes for RMEF in 2013

MISSOULA, Mont. – ?Fresh off a fourth consecutive year of record membership, growing total acres conserved to more than 6.2 million and placing an increased emphasis on hunting heritage, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation now ambitiously eyes 2013.

“?We are grateful for what was a successful 2012 on many different fronts,?” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “?Our volunteers and members continue to amaze with their passion and hard work in furthering our mission, but we have even bigger plans to do more for conservation in 2013.”?

2012 highlights:

*? Reached a lifetime mark of habitat enhanced or protected of 6,287,980 acres.
*? Continued priority focus and funding of public access projects. To date, RMEF has opened nearly 650,000 previously inaccessible acres for the public to hunt, fish or otherwise enjoy.
*? Completed 544 projects in 2012, bringing the total lifetime number of projects to 8,096.
*? Restored a wild elk herd in Virginia.
*? Fueled continuing elk restoration projects in Missouri, Wisconsin and Maryland.
*? Recorded fourth straight year of record membership, now at 196,079.
*? Provided 312 grants in 43 states for hunting heritage and conservation outreach, reaching more than 393,000 children and adults.
*? Enhanced mission statement to ?ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage? (new addition in italics).
*? Maintained strong fiscal performance with budget positive organizational performance.
*? Maintained the highest rating, 4 Stars, from Charity navigator, America’?s top charity ratings service.

With dozens of on-the-ground conservation projects already in the works in many states, hundreds of local banquets and fundraisers scheduled in the coming months, and RMEF?’s upcoming annual national convention later this month, excitement and expectations are sky-high for 2013.

?”We will unveil news at Elk Camp that will propel RMEF into a realm not previously known,”? added Allen. ?”This game-changing announcement will allow RMEF to do more conservation work, focus more effort on passing on our hunting heritage to our children and grandchildren, and free up more land for public access than ever before.”?

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