November 10, 2016
Sportsmen's group concerned about public lands, notes Trump sons are hunters
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney expressed concern about Donald Trump's presidency, but noted that the president-elect's sons are hunters on public lands.
In a statement, Tawney noted today that the Republican platform endorsed an amendment promoting the transfer of public lands to individual states. Tawney today commented on this decision:
"A party that calls for the sale/transfer of public lands in its platform now has control of the House, Senate and presidency. We are encouraged that President-elect Trump, along with some courageous House and Senate Republicans, have broken from their party on this issue. We look forward to their continued rejection of the privatization of public lands and instead tackling other pressing issues such as wildfire management and declining budgets that face our public lands."
Tawny noted that BHA National Board Member Mike Schoby, editor of Petersen's Hunting, interviewed Trump in January about his views on issues important to sportsmen. From the article:
"When it came to hunters' rights and federal land sales, Donald Trump didn't waffle, stating that a USFWS director appointed by him would 'ideally be a hunter' and under his watch there would be no sale of public Western lands."
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Tawney stressed the importance of the new administration appointments of key cabinet positions that represent sportsmen's interests:
"Mr. Trump's sons are public lands hunters, and sportsmen appreciate the insight they have and will continue to offer on decisions critical to our outdoor heritage. BHA relishes the hard work that lies ahead, and we look forward to working with all our elected leaders to conserve our backcountry lands and waters, uphold our sporting legacy and, above all, keep public lands in public hands."