The Challenge

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The mission of the Sportsmen’s National Land Trust is management of habitat for the benefit of the natural ecosystem.

We who enjoy the outdoors and the age-old American heritage of hunting, trapping and fishing face a tremendously serious challenge from many directions.

Most obviously, the growth of our population means open space is being reduced continuously to make room for more housing, shopping, schools, highways, landfills, industrial parks, and other uses.  As outdoorsmen we have little opportunity to stop the path of progress but should do all we can when we can be effective.

State, local, and federal government regulations continue to make it increasingly difficult to obtain gun permits, hunting licenses, ammunition, and hunting firearms. Although these have nothing to do with the vast majority of crime in our nation, politicians and liberal groups use tragic events to generate public support for further restrictions.

However, the largest challenge we face is preservation of open land by numerous well-funded anti-hunting, anti-fishing groups determined to put an end to these American traditions.  These groups know little about habitat management, yet they claim to protect wildlife.  They seek to buy property or place “conservation easements” on as much land as possible and immediately put permanent bans on hunting without any plan to wisely manage the natural resources.  These organizations and land trusts use phrases such as “passive uses” and “preserving land in its natural state” to disguise their objective of eliminating the outdoor heritage of sportsmen.

The mission of the Sportsmen’s National Land Trust is counter these groups by securing property or easements on which to  specifically permit hunting, fishing, trapping, and intelligent management of habitat for the benefit of the natural ecosystem.  Join us in the challenge is to keep the American heritage alive for current and future generations of sportsmen across the state and the nation.