Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

BHA in the News:

-BHA: Stream Access is Politics, But It Should Not Be So:

-Remi Warren Live on BHA’s Facebook Page July 27th:

-“Sportsmen support public land designations.” The Pueblo Chieftain: 7/17/16 (need to log in to read it all, but you’ll get the just of it :>)

-BHA: Tell Your Congressman Where You Stand On Bad Public Land Transfer Bills:

-BHA Statement on GOP Platform Public Lands Vote:


-Urge the Forest Service to stop proposed sulfide mines in the BWCAW watershed:

-Forest Service hears community concerns on Twin Metals lease renewal (with quotes/input from MN BHA board member Erik Packard):

-Will Jenkins (MN BHA board member): How To Plan and Execute a Successful Western Hunt:


BHA Events/Member-Chapter Action/Tips:

-Join us for the BHA hosted Full Draw Film Tour in Coon Rapids, July 23! This event is a fundraiser for our chapter and will help us keeping fighting for our public lands. Please spread the word: doors open at 6:00 pm show starts at 7:00 pm/Average Joe’s Archery-3050 Coon Rapids Blvd NW #116, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. For additional information/to buy tickets, see:

-Train to Hunt (TTH) Challenge in partnership with MN BHA (July 30-31). For more information see: The Challenge will be located just across state line in WI, at the Chilakoot Bowhunters Club: Contact Will Jenkins ( or Joe Lang ( for additional information.


Sulfide Mining:

-Protect the Boundary Waters:

-All-Star anglers joining movement to protect BWCAW and its world-class fishing from sulfide mining:

-Scott Hed Featured on Dan Small Outdoors Radio:

-No way: Boundary Waters too precious for this risk:

-Veteran for the Boundary Waters:


Public Lands/Waters/OHVs/Trails:

-Trout Unlimited Talks to the Importance of Maintaining Our Public Lands:

-GOP plan to transfer federal lands stirs conservationists:–plan-to-transfer-federal-lands-stirs-conservationists.html


-Randy Newberg: Why I Hunt-Conservation Is My Responsibility:

-Public Land Transfer – Nevada State Transfer Example (Episode 10 of 16):

-TPL: Public lands need you now more than ever:

-WI DNR attempting to sell public hunting land:


Dept. of Natural Resources/Legislature/Fish/Big Game/Upland Game:

-More Minnesota lakes, rivers listed as impaired:

-DNR Wildlife Chief Telander Requests Hunter Help on Written Deer Plan:

-Minnesota ruffed grouse drumming counts rise:

-DNR Grouse Hunting Reports and Surveys:


Other News/Events/Updates:

-F&S Survey: Pink Gear, Stereotypes, and Why Women Are Better Hunters:

-Photos: 21 Vintage F&S Covers Featuring Women in Action:

The New Game Changers: 11 Women Who Are Redefining the Outdoors:


-Hunting & Politics:

-Duck Dynasty Clan: Vote for Hillary, We Dare You:


-Spectacular national park photos from @USInterior on Instagram:

-Outdoor Life & Rockhouse Motion Release ‘Beyond The Roar’:


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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: Minnesota must do more to cut greenhouse gas linked to climate change

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: Minnesota must do more to cut greenhouse gas linked to climate change

MPR | July 21, 2016

Officials in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration say Minnesota should look at strengthening its renewable energy law. The state is on track to meet a requirement of 25 percent renewable electricity generation by 2025. But that has not been enough to help reach another state goal: a major reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.

Republicans and Democrats came together in 2007 to act on climate change. The Minnesota Legislature passed goals that — at the time — were among the most ambitious in the country, and then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed them into law.

The Next Generation Energy Act set goals of a 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, 30 percent by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

But the state missed its 2015 target and is not on track to meet the other goals. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said that has to change.

“We not only want to be making progress on this, I think Minnesota wants to be leading on this issue again, and we have lost that leadership,” she said.

Smith spoke Wednesday at a gathering of leaders from state government, nonprofits and businesses that are part of a project called Climate Solutions and Economic Opportunities. Participants have been working since November 2014 to find ways to get the state back on track with its climate goals.

Besides considering a 50 percent renewable energy standard, Smith said the state must continue down the path of retiring coal-fired power plants and repowering some of them with natural gas.

“If we do this, moving away from coal will get us 13 percent closer to our emissions goals, and it will have significant health and economic benefits for our state.”

Smith is citing numbers from a report put together by the Environmental Quality Board that studied which policies would be cost effective in reducing emissions. The report used detailed analyses from a consulting firm to reach its conclusions.

While generating electricity is the biggest source of Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions, transportation and agriculture also contribute. Combined, these three areas account for 85 percent of the state’s emissions.

In the near-term, the electricity sector is where most of the reductions should come from, according to the report. Analyst Neal Young with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said the state will come out ahead with improvements in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“Many of the policy options can be a win-win for the economy and for the environment,” Young said.

Adding wind and solar could create jobs. A DEED study found that the renewable energy sector currently employs over 15,000 Minnesotans.

But the promise of jobs has not generated bipartisan support for raising the state’s renewable energy standard. Proposals have gone nowhere in the divided Legislature.

The GOP chair of the committee overseeing energy in the Minnesota House said there likely won’t be enough support in the Legislature for a 50 percent renewable energy standard.

“There’s been bipartisan opposition to that for the reasons of reliability and cost,” said state Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington. “Most of our renewable energy is wind, and while wind is very low in cost, it’s not reliable. We can’t count on it.”

But Garofalo added he doesn’t expect enough support for a higher renewable standard regardless of which party controls the House after the November election.

The heads of nine state agencies spoke at the gathering, which was facilitated by the Environmental Initiative, and received funding from the McKnight Foundation, which also underwrites climate change coverage on MPR News.

Even if the energy standards don’t change, some in state government believe their agencies should try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.

“We need to look at all of these functions that we’re responsible for in state government and recognize that we are one of the biggest customers, one of the biggest actors that needs to walk the talk,” said Matt Massman, commissioner of the Department of Administration, which oversees state-owned buildings and vehicles.

The Dayton administration has created a new state Office of Enterprise Sustainability to find ways to reduce emissions.

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The Citizens League

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Meteorologist Paul Douglas moderates a panel
on building a 21st century energy marketplace

Part of what makes the Citizens League unique is our ability to engage different ideologies, viewpoints and backgrounds to solve some of the biggest problems we face in Minnesota. In this light, we are pleased to partner with the
Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum (MnCEF) to host a conversation with a panel of conservative thinkers and activitists about their ideas on energy policies that thrive in a 21st century economy while meeting our environmental goals of a cleaner world.

Both nationally and locally in Minnesota, a new generation has turned their attention to the economics of the energy marketplace. They argue that technological innovations in energy today can rival the effects seen in telecommunications with cell-phones over the past few decades, and it is time to embrace these possibilities.

On Monday July 25th, join the Citizens League and MnCEF for an event featuring both national and state policy thinkers. Come learn, discuss, and ask questions about their ideas on taking up the challenge of developing energy policy for the 21st century.

This event is free, but RSVP is required. Click here.

Moderated by Paul Douglas, Meteorologist

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Mark Pischea, Conservative Energy Network
  • Catrina Rorke, State Programs Director, R-Street State 
  • Keith den Hollander, Chairman of the Christian Coalition of Michigan 
  • Ryan Hodum, Vice President, David Gardiner & Associates 
  • Amy Koch, former Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate and
    Chair of the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum 
  • David Strom, Executive Director, MnCEF  
  • Dario Anselmo, Republican Candidate for Minnesota House 
  • Pat Garofalo, Republican Chair of Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives  

Sign up now to join us, free

Creative Approaches to Clean Energy:
Innovative Solutions for the 21st Century
Monday, July 25, 2016
2:30-4:30pm – Panel Discussion
4:30-5:30pm – Complimentary Social Hour
Minneapolis Event Center
212 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 (map)

Sign up here to join us on July 25!

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