Ted Williams's Blog Archive June, 2012

Oppose the Border Bill

Dead Buck

Some of the America's greatest hunting and fishing is within 100 miles of the border with Canada and Mexico: The Maine North Woods, the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge and Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana, as well as the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge; to name just a few. Congress is now considering a poorly worded, overreaching bill that could seriously impact habitat, hunting and fishing access and opportunity across border land states. The legislation is known as the "Border Bill,” (HR 1505) and gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immunity to 36 federal environmental regulations ranging from the Wilderness Act, to the Clean Water Act, to the National Environmental Policy Act. Under HR 1505, DHS would have authority to do anything deemed necessary for national security (including shut down access or open up lands to motorized traffic) on all federal lands within 100 mile of the border. Sportsmen like you would have nothing to say about it.

Red snapper fishing set to reopen after 2 1/2-year moratorium

Pew supports limited fishing as species begins recovery

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 15, 2012)—Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s vote to allow limited red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Florida.