The Conservation Beat
12:15 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Sportsmen Mobilizing Under Threat of Land Loss

In a new report, the Wilderness Society describes US public lands as “under siege” by Congress.  A slew of bills would open millions of acres to new roads and development, while curtailing the President’s ability to establish new national monuments.

John Cornell of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation spoke on behalf of sportsmen at today’s press conference. He says the measures are galvanizing hunters and fishermen.

"We've always put our money up, we've never put our voices where our money's always been.  But I think that is changing.  And I think we see a movement in New Mexico where sportsmen are going to be more of a voice and more active in upcoming elections."

Few of the 13 bills in question have made it out of committee so far.

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