New TRCP Roadless Campaign Targets Backcountry Economics

“Banking on the Backcountry” mobilizes sporting businesses and organizations,
promotes economic value of responsibly managed roadless areas to new administration

WASHINGTON – Today, the anniversary of the 2001 federal roadless rule, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership launched “Banking on the Backcountry,” a new campaign uniting hunting and angling groups and businesses in support of backcountry conservation and highlighting the economic boost provided by roadless areas. The sportsmen’s group maintains that the new administration should retain the maximum acreages of national forest roadless areas to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and uphold America’s backcountry-reliant economy.

“Fishing and hunting annually contribute more than $190 billion to our nation’s economic system,” said TRCP Roadless Initiative Manager Joel Webster. “Conscientious management of roadless areas can support strong economies in rural communities and stable jobs associated with hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

“During today’s tough economic times, Americans need these jobs more than ever,” continued Webster. “Roadless areas can help safeguard both the future of our sporting traditions and the viability of thousands of businesses. ‘Banking on the Backcountry’ gives sporting-related businesses and groups a means to offer a unified message to the new administration regarding our backcountry’s crucial role in their long-term financial security.”

A series of conflicting court decisions regarding the 2001 roadless rule have left management of these areas unsettled for years. The TRCP believes that the 2001 rule – which limits most new road building in the backcountry – is currently the best management tool available to conserve inventoried roadless lands and sustain healthy game populations and public-lands sporting opportunities. By upholding and defending the 2001 rule, the new administration, under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture, can assure that the public will continue to enjoy the backcountry characteristics of roadless areas until a legislative solution can be implemented.

“Backcountry lands provide clean water to some of Wyoming’s finest trout rivers, such as the Green and North Platte,” said Dwayne Meadows, a TRCP field representative and fly-fishing guide who lives in Laramie, “and we can’t afford to lose this important resource. Conserving roadless areas is critical to the continued success of trout fishing in the West.”

“Sportsmen are uniquely positioned to appreciate the value and benefit of our backcountry,” Webster concluded. “Regardless of how we spend our time afield, we all have a stake in our continued ability to enjoy America’s roadless areas. ‘Banking on the Backcountry’ enables sportsmen to powerfully unite under this common interest.”

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Katherine McKalip

Communications Manager

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership


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