New angle by Rangers for Responsible Recreation

Contact: Daniel Patterson (520) 906-2159; Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337


Rangers Want Agencies to Help Hunting & Fishing by Ending Reckless Off-Roading

TUCSON - This summer, federal agencies must figure out how to implement a 2007 Executive Order by President Bush directing federal land management agencies to do everything in their power to "expand and enhance hunting opportunities." The biggest conflict limiting hunting and fishing on federal lands is expanding off-road vehicle traffic on federal wild lands, according to a petition filed today by Rangers for Responsible Recreation, a network of retired law enforcement officers and land managers.

Under Executive Order 13443, national park, forest, public land and refuge systems are to develop "a comprehensive Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan" by August 17, 2008, the one-year anniversary of Bush's directive. That plan, in turn, would commit these agencies to "a 10-year agenda for fulfilling the actions" that promote hunting and fishing over all other uses, including off-road vehicles (ORVs).

"Off-road abuse is unquestionably a top threat to hunting and fishing in America," stated Mike Penfold of Rangers for Responsible Recreation, a network organized by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). "Good hunting and fishing requires relative quiet, while ORVs are usually about speed, dust & mud, and the roar of an engine. Currently, the two do not fit well together." Mr. Penfold is an avid hunter and angler who owns a hunting lodge in Montana, and worked 37 years with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The Rangers petition was filed today with the President's Council on Environmental Quality, which is charged with overseeing the order's implementation, as well as the directors of the National Park, National Forest and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, and the Bureau of Land Management. The petition points out that the EO 13443 unavoidably entails much more stringent restrictions to keep ORVs from driving in fishing streams and confined to designated trails that do not harm hunting or fishing opportunities.

The petition cites a recent survey of state game and fish officials by the Isaak Walton League which found broad agreement that "ORVs negatively impacted hunting, fishing and habitat in their states." The Rangers also point to an array of studies, testimony and other evidence from both state and federal wild land agencies showing worsening conflict between hunters & anglers and off-roaders.

"If the President's order is more than lame-duck posturing then ending reckless off-roading must be the meat of any plan that meaningfully benefits hunting and fishing," added Daniel Patterson, an Arizona hunter and Southwest PEER Director who organized the Rangers coalition. "America desperately needs a strong coordinated federal approach to protect hunting and fishing from on-going off-road abuse of our wild lands."

Last month, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, chaired by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), held groundbreaking oversight hearings on "The Impacts of Unmanaged Off-Road Vehicles on Federal Land." Senate hearings are also likely to be scheduled as the Bush administration struggles to define its own wildlife legacy.


Read the Rangers petition

Look at the Bush Executive Order to maximize hunting and fishing

View the Isaak Walton League survey results on ORV conflicts with hunting

See the growing conflicts created by ORV abuse

If they want to help fishing they should go after water skiing and jetski's. What a stupid idea.

Rangers for Responsible Recreation are anti-access....plain and simple!!! Anything they come up with is just a smoke screen. The selfish little pricks really want to eliminate all other people except themselves......

Yep, Rangers for Responsible Recreation is a group under the umbrella of Public employees for the environment. These are not real hunters they are eco-nazi's trying to turn hunters against off roaders. F them!!

Executive Order 13443 - Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation

August 16th, 2007

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of this order is to direct Federal agencies that have programs and activities that have a measurable effect on public land management, outdoor recreation, and wildlife management, including the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat.

Sec. 2. Federal Activities. Federal agencies shall, consistent with agency missions:

(a) Evaluate the effect of agency actions on trends in hunting participation and, where appropriate to address declining trends, implement actions that expand and enhance hunting opportunities for the public;

(:thumbsup: Consider the economic and recreational values of hunting in agency actions, as appropriate;

© Manage wildlife and wildlife habitats on public lands in a manner that expands and enhances hunting opportunities, including through the use of hunting in wildlife management planning;

(d) Work collaboratively with State governments to manage and conserve game species and their habitats in a manner that respects private property rights and State management authority over wildlife resources;

(e) Establish short and long term goals, in cooperation with State and tribal governments, and consistent with agency missions, to foster healthy and productive populations of game species and appropriate opportunities for the public to hunt those species;

(f) Ensure that agency plans and actions consider programs and recommendations of comprehensive planning efforts such as State Wildlife Action Plans, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and other range-wide management plans for big game and upland game birds;

(g) Seek the advice of State and tribal fish and wildlife agencies, and, as appropriate, consult with the Sporting Conservation Council and other organizations, with respect to the foregoing Federal activities.

Sec. 3. North American Wildlife Policy Conference. The Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (Chairman) shall, in coordination with the appropriate Federal agencies and in consultation with the Sporting Conservation Council and in cooperation with State and tribal fish and wildlife agencies and the public, convene not later than 1 year after the date of this order, and periodically thereafter at such times as the Chairman deems appropriate, a White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy (Conference) to facilitate the exchange of information and advice relating to the means for achieving the goals of this order.

Sec. 4. Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Resource Conservation Plan. The Chairman shall prepare, consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations, in coordination with the appropriate Federal agencies and in consultation with the Sporting Conservation Council, and in cooperation with State and tribal fish and wildlife agencies, not later than 1 year following the conclusion of the Conference, a comprehensive Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan that incorporates existing and ongoing activities and sets forth a 10-year agenda for fulfilling the actions identified in section 2 of this order.

Sec. 5. Judicial Review. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right, benefit, trust responsibility, or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.

George W. Bush

The White House,

August 16, 2007.

They're easy to identify. Any group that uses the Sierra Club approved term ORV is trying to further segregate them for the purpose of extinguishing their use. It's right in their handbook not to call them OHV, that they think ORV is "a more appropriate term" that helps them do their bidding.

Yes, we must eliminate the environmental destruction and damaging noise of off road vehicles. This will allow us to more easily sneak up on the precious wildland creatures and shoot them. No sustainable or responsible plan should overlook the importance of protecting wild animals and their habitat so that we may more easily find and shoot them.

Gimme a friggin break.

Any group that uses the Sierra Club approved term ORV is trying to further segregate them for the purpose of extinguishing their use. It's right in their handbook not to call them OHV, that they think ORV is "a more appropriate term" that helps them do their bidding.


Divide and conquer, simple strat


Political Action Chair - Washington Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance