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The Sportsmen’s Conservation Project works with sportsmen and women in the West to protect and enhance important fish and game habitat. Currently, the SCP is focused on three major efforts to safeguard quality habitat and the hunting and fishing opportunities it provides:
- Backcountry Protection: Keeping healthy habitat intact ensures there will be quality hunting and fishing opportunities in backcountry areas where the human footprint is still unnoticeable. In the West, the longest hunting seasons and the biggest bulls and bucks are found in roadless, backcountry hunting units on public land. What’s more, the best remaining spawning and rearing habitat for rare, native trout and salmon is contained within roadless acreage The SCP is working to provide the same quality opportunities to future generations of sportsmen.
- Responsible Off-Road Vehicle Use: The use of off-road vehicles (ORVs) on public land has grown dramatically over the last two decades. The irresponsible use of these machines has alarmed hunters and anglers who have seen damaged habitat and diminished opportunities as a result. The SCP is working with sportsmen to cooperatively engage the ORV community and rein in the irresponsible use of ORVs in areas that provide quality habitat for fish and game.
- Responsible Energy Development: Oil and natural gas development has been the dominant use of public lands in the West for the last decade. The SCP is working with sportsmen to ensure that this development is done in a manner that avoids practices that have damaged irreplaceable fish and game habitat and ruined many high-quality hunting and fishing locations in the past.
To date, the SCP has provided permanent protection for millions of acres of prime habitat on public land on behalf of hunters and anglers, and our goal is to add to our conservation legacy in the years to come.