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Founded in 2003 by Trout Unlimited
, the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project directs its conservation efforts toward protecting and enhancing the fishing and hunting opportunities found on the West’s vast tracts of public land.
In all of our campaigns, we are guided by these facts:
- Large areas of intact habitat provide all the necessities for healthy populations of wild and native fish and trophy herds of big game.
- Undeveloped backcountry areas produce more trophy big game animals and host the most liberal and longest hunting seasons in the West. They also provide anglers the opportunity to combine great fishing with solitude.
- Protecting wild land and habitat today is essential to preserving our nation’s sporting heritage for future generations.
Throughout the West, the SCP works with hunters and anglers, government representatives, businesses, landowners and industry to safeguard public lands known for their quality big game and fish habitat. Our SCP staffers
– a diverse group of individuals with experience ranging from research and wildlife management to careers as loggers, roughnecks, outfitters and journalists – all share a common passion for hunting and angling.
We also believe that the best way to promote our sporting tradition and enhance it for future generations is to work at the local level, with the people and groups who benefit from, and need to share, the tremendous resources our public lands provide. In all our efforts, we urge the parties involved to acknowledge that habitat is the key to healthy populations of fish and wildlife and the sporting opportunities public lands provide.
We accomplish our goals by using sound science, by enlisting the support of local sportsmen and women, and by getting out in the wild to enjoy our public lands.