Public Lands and Waters Issues
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Public Lands and Waters Issues

Public Lands and Waters Issues

Conservation of fishes and their habitats is fundamental to preserving our opportunities to fly fish. These landscapes collectively exist under ownerships, laws and public policies as public lands and waters.  They provide essential homes to a vast array of wildlife, plant and insect species, including those that may be threatened or endangered with extinction. What must not be forgotten is that these very landscapes of minerals, waters and plants are essential to our own quality of life as human habitat.  They provide our fresh air and clean water and they sequester the carbons we emit into the atmosphere.  These lands and waters must be protected for our recreational interests and our quality of life as humans.


 


FFI's Actions

  • 10/13/2021 – DOI, DOA, DOC and COEQ – Letter to the Biden Administration from the “Hunt & Fish 30x30 Initiative” providing recommendations for inclusion in the Administration’s “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful 2021” report and in support of enhanced conservation delivery in the United States as example to global leaders towards preserving 30% of the planet’s lands and waters by 2030.
     
  • 8/13/21 - DOI and USFWS - Letter to Department of interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Administrators encouraging adoption and implementation of mitigation policies to assure land use activities properly avoid, minimize and mitigate unavoidable impacts to irreplaceable fish, wildlife and their essential habitats.
     
  • 8/9/21 - Bristol Bay - Letter to Administrator Regan of the US Environmental Protection Agency urging immediate action under provisions of the Clean Water Act to provide permanent protection to Bristol Bay in Alaska, consistent with promise of President Biden.
     
  • 7/13/21 - “National Wildlife Refuges: A Hunting and Fishing Perspective” – Report to the Department of Interior regarding expanding compatible hunting and fishing opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges.
     
  • 6/6/21 - Tongass National Forest - Letter to Secretary of US Dept. of Agriculture urging the agency to reinstate roadless area protection to the Tongass in Alaska.
     
  • 5/7/21 - USACOE – Recommendations regarding implementation guidance for the Water Resources Development Action of 2020 prioritizing natural and nature-based solutions to water resource issues and resilience to climate change.
     
  • 4/12/21 - Congressman Simpson's Snake River Proposal - signed on to letter to the NW congressional delegations asking for their leadership in restoring salmon to the Columbia River Basin by working with Congressman Mike Simpson to refine and advance his proposal that would breach the four lower Snake River dams, while simultaneously taking care of communities, irrigators, shippers, and power generation. Get more information on Why We Need A Free Flowing Snake River
     
  • 4/13/21 - Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) Remediation  -  Signed on to letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee urging House Interior-Environment Appropriators to support the Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) Remediation program for FY22.
     
  • 4/13/21 - Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) Remediation  -  Signed on to letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee urging Senate Interior-Environment Appropriators to support the Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) Remediation program for FY22.
     
  • 3/30/21 - USGS Streamgaging - Signed on to letters to the Senate Appropriations Committee to show support FY222 funding for water data collection through the USGS’s streamgaging programs.
     
  • 3/30/21 - USGS Streamgaging - Signed on to letters to the House Appropriations Committee to show support FY222 funding for water data collection through the USGS’s streamgaging programs.
     
  • 3/10/21 - Public Lands and Waters - Signed on to letter to the Department of Interior regarding the development of Mitigation Policy for Federal Public Lands
     
  • 1/23/21 - Western Dry Rocks Spawning Area - Submitted input to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) concerning a rule proposal to close the Western Dry Rocks Spawning Area to fishing during a 4-month period during spawning.
     
  • 11/15/20 - Yazoo Pumps Project - Signed on to letter calling on the Corps to stop the Yazoo Pumps project in the Mississippi River watershed and urges the Corps to withdraw the deeply flawed Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS).
     
  • 11/15/20 - Corps of Engineers Rushed Permitting - Signed on to letter urging the Corps to withdraw its rushed Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits (NWPs) that would weaken clean water protections.
     
  • 10/13/20 - Mississippi River and Tributaries Project - Signed on to letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) providing comments regarding the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS II) concerning Mississippi River Mainline Levees.
     
  • 6/18/20 - Yazoo Pumps Project - Sign on to TRCP letter in opposition to the Yazoo Pumps project urging the Corps to abandon the plan to build the Yazoo Pumps on the Big Sunflower River in Mississippi
     
  • 5/4/20 - Mapland Act - Signed on to a TRCP letter supporting the Modernizing Access to our Public Land Act (S. 3427 and H.R. 6169)
     
  • 3/26/20 - Missouri River Recovery Program- Signed on to a TRCP letter to Appropriations Committee leadership supporting funding for this program.
     
  • 3/18/20 - USGS Streamgaging Networks - Signed on to a TRCP letter to leadership of Senate Appropriations Subcommitee on the Interior supporting funding for the USGS stream gaging network.
     
  • 1/5/20 - Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) - Sign on to letter to Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt supporting full implementation of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA)as soon as possible.
     
  • 12/16/19 - Tongass Roadless Rules -  Signed on to letter to Hon. Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture and Vicki Christiansen, USFS expressing opposition to the proposed Alaska Roadless Rule, which would fully exempt the Tongass National Forest from roadless rules.
     
  • 10/24/19 - Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) - TRCP sign on in support of the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA).
     
  • 9/18/19 - Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act - Sign on to TRCP letter to House Natural Resources and Senate Energy and Natural Resources leadership, requesting that the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act be expeditiously advanced through the respective committees.
     
  • 6/27/19 - Riverside Gravel Pit - Paradise Valley MT - IFFF_Comments_Riverside_Gravel_Pit_June_2016_FINAL
     
  • 6/27/19 - Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations - FFI_Comment_FWS-HQ-NWRS-2019-0040_27JUN2019    [National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs)]
     
  • 6/23/19 - NWR Open to Public Access - 2019-2020-Station-Specific-Hunting-and-Fishing-Proposed-Rule-Signed
     
  • 6/4/19 - Tire Dump - MT - FFI_Comments_MT_Tire_Dump_04JUN2019_FINAL
     
  • 5/7/19 - Smith River - MT - FFI_Comment_Draft_EIS_Black_Butte_Project_07MAY2019    [Tintina Resources and Sandfire proposed copper mine]
     
  • 4/27/18 - Yellowstone Mining - FFI_USFS_Mining_Withdrawal_Comments_042718
     
  • 1/16/18 - Mitigation - Policy_Council_Mitigation_Letter_DOI_16JAN2018
     
  • 12/5/17 - National Monuments - FFI Opposed to Executive Action to Reduce the Size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in Utah
     
  • 11/16/17 - Smith River - MT - FFI_Scoping_Comments_Tintina_Permit00188_11-16-17    [Tintina Resources and Sandfire proposed copper mine]
     
  • 9/14/17 - Yellowstone Mining - FFI_Interior_Sec_Zinke_14SEP2017
     
  • 9/14/17 - Yellowstone Mining - FFI_Rep_Gianforte_Letter_14SEP2017
     
  • 8/18/17 - Yellowstone Mining - FFI_Sen_Daines_Letter_18AUG2017
     
  • 5/23/17 - National Monuments - FFI_Supports_National_Monuments_Antiquities_Act_23MAY2017
     
  • 2/17/17 - Yellowstone Mining - IFFF_USFS_Mining_Withdrawal_Comments_021717_FINAL
     
  • 12/9/16 - Yellowstone Mining - IFFF_Comments_Lucky-Minerals-Draft-EA_120917
     
  • 5/18/16 - Desert Wildlife Refuge - House_Armed_Svc_Sign_On_NDAA_5_18_16
     
  • 5/9/16 - Glen Canyon Dam - RE: Glen Canyon Dam Long Term Experimental and Management Plan EIS [Grand Canyon Protection Act (GCPA)]
     
  • 3/3/16 - Yellowstone Mining - IFFF_Comments_Crevice_Mining_Group_LLC_Permit_03032016
     
  • 2/19/16 - Tongass National Forest Roadless Rules - Tongass_National_Forest_021916
     
  • 11/25/15 - Smith River - MT - Smith_River_Letter_Gov_Bullock_FINAL    [Tintina Resources and Sandfire proposed copper mine]
     
  • 8/19/15 - Yellowstone Mining - IFFF_Comments_Lucky_Minerals_Permit_08192015

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