325 Sporting Groups Back EPA Carbon Pollution Limits

“As stewards for future generations, it is our obligation to conserve land and water resources.”

Hundreds of sportsmen’s groups want President Obama to act on climate change, and they think the administration’s recent power plant rule is a pretty good way to do it.
On Wednesday, 325 hunting, fishing, and outdoors groups and individuals signed a letter to the president voicing their support for the Administration’s rule aimed at curbing carbon emissions from existing power plants. The sportsmen’s groups, which include Trout Unlimited and Pheasants Forever, are part of what they say is a $90 billion hunting and fishing industry and combined represent millions of members.
“As hunters and anglers, we see first-hand how climate change is altering habitat and putting our outdoor heritage at risk,” the groups state in the letter. “As stewards for future generations, it is our obligation to conserve land and water resources by advancing climate-adaptation strategies that promote healthy fish and wildlife populations, and sustain the forests, grasslands, rivers and other systems on which they — and we — depend.”
The groups singled out the president’s Climate Action Plan and executive order on climate preparedness as positive steps toward protecting the environment from the worst impacts of climate change, and said that they were especially pleased by the president’s “recognition that responding to climate change requires steps to reduce the carbon pollution that threatens fish and wildlife.” The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its proposed rule on existing power plants in June, a regulation that aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
The groups’ support of action on climate change isn’t surprising. A 2012 poll found that 69 percent of hunter and angler respondents thought the U.S. needed to reduce its carbon emissions, and that 59 percent thought climate change was occurring. And many hunting and fishing groups double as conservation groups — Trout Unlimited has undertaken multiple conservation projects throughout the U.S., and the group says it has helped protect 13 million acres of “healthy backcountry habitat.” Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever also work to conserve bird habitat — the local chapters of Pheasants Forever work to persuade landowners to donate land to the USDA’s Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, and so far, the group’s efforts have resulted in 200,000 acres being enrolled in the program in the state of Iowa alone.
And there are groups that are focused specifically on climate change, too. One group that signed on to the letter, Conservation Hawks, was created in 2012 with the sole purpose of rallying the support of sportsmen and women to combat climate change.
“The fact that it’s happening, that we are responsible, it’s as plain as the fact that smoking causes cancer,” Todd Tanner, founder of Conservation Hawks, told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “For us as a country — as outdoorsmen — to wish it away. It’s not realistic. We’re not upholding our responsibility to ourselves and our kids.”

NOAA recently announced that the summer 2014 went into the record books as the hottest on record globally and sportsmen are already seeing changes where they hunt and fish:

Heat, drought, disease, parasites and habitat loss imperil key big game species
Warmer water and deeper droughts are hurting sport fish species like brook trout, Chinook salmon and smallmouth bass
Global warming is threatening the outdoor experience by giving a leg up to pests like ticks, mosquitoes and toxic algae
“For America’s sportsmen, climate action is about protecting America’s outdoor heritage so their children and grandchildren will have the same chances to hunt and fish that have been passed down from generation to generation. They don’t want partisan gridlock and they don’t want excuses – they want action,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “We need to act now to protect America’s outdoors by using climate-smart conservation strategies and by cutting climate-disrupting industrial carbon pollution, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits are an important step in the right direction.”

Letter Supporters Include:

Adams Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Adams County Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
African Maximum Safari
Alan Gregory, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writer
Albemarle Conservation & Wildlife Chapter, North Carolina Wildlife Federation
Allagash Sporting Camp
Allegheny Mountain Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
American Fly Fishing Trade Association
Ammonoosuc Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NH)
Androscoggin Valley Fish & Game Association
Angus Bozeman, New Hampshire Guide, Broadside International
Ann Arbor Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Anthony Wayne Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Arizona Wildlife Federation
Barrington Shores Campground
Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NH)
Bearded Lady Fly Fishing
Belknap County Fish and Game Association
Ben Kilham, New Hampshire Licensed Bear Rehabilitator, Author
Bennington Sportsman’s Club
Berkley Conservation Institute
Berks County Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Bill Saiff Outdoors, Hunting and Fishing Guides
Blair Rudolph, Hunter & Angler
Blue Ridge Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Brad Isles, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writer
Brandon Reed, Trail Cameras
Brian Butler, Hunter & Angler
Broadhead Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Brownsville Area Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Buck Mercier, New Hampshire Moose Guide
Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance
Caldwell Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Captain Eric Staplefield, Fishing Guide
Carteret County Wildlife Club
Cast and Blast Guide Service
Casting For Recovery, Breast Cancer Fly Fishing Retreats
Central Lake College Natural Resources Club
Central New Hampshire Guides
Challenge Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Charles A. Fellows, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves With Nature (CROWN)
Chattahoochee Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Cherry Log Rods
Cheshire County Fish and Game Club
Chester County Conservation Camp
Cincinnati Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Clinton Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Clintonville Outfitters
Coalition For a Clean Minnesota River
Colorado Trout Hunters
Colorado Trout Unlimited
Columbus Kayak
Concord Wildlife Alliance
ConservAmerica
Conservation Hawks
Conservation Matters
Conservation Minnesota
Copper Country Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Cornplanter Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Country Tackle Crafters
Courtermoon Lodge
Coyote Ridge Guide Service and Outfitting
Craig Mercier, New Hampshire Bear Guide
Cumberland Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Dan’s Fly Shop & Guide Service
Dana Benner, New Hampshire Outdoor Writer
Dave’s Taxidermy
David Pickering, Rhode Island Outdoor Writer, Photographer, Lecturer
David Spangler, Ohio Charter Boat Captain, Dr. Bugs Charters
Defiant Lobster Co.
Doc Fritchey Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Dogwood Anglers Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Don Barone, Connecticut Outdoor Writer
Don McClory, Massachusetts Outdoor Writer
Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen
Downingtown Bicycle Shop
Dry Fork Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Dvorak Rafting & Kayak Expeditions
Ed Hall, New York Outdoor Writer & Photographer
Elverson Rod and Gun Club
Eric A. Bye, Vermont Outdoor Writer
Fairmont Springs Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Fayetteville Increasing Sustainable Habitat (FISH)
Ferris Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Fiber Flies
Fish Nerds
Flyfisher’s Paradise
Foothills Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Forbes Trail Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Forks of the Delaware Chapter, Trout Unlimited (DE)
Fort Bedford Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Fort Mountain Companies
Frank ‘Bob’ Perrin Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Frank Daignault, Massachusetts Outdoor Writer, Author, Lecturer
Franklin County Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Fred Warra Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Frenchy’s Bait and Tackle
Friends of Grafton Pond
Friends of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Gabe Gries, New Hampshire Outdoor Writer
Gary Moore, Vermont Outdoor Writer
Gary Sanderson, Maine Outdoor Writer
Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS)
God’s Country Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Gordons Sports Supply Inc.
Granite State Race Services
Granite State Rod & Reel Repair
Greasy Creek Outfitter
Restore Our Water International
Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
Great Lakes Federation of Fly Fishers
Greater Raleigh Outdoors and Wildlife (GROW)
Gunrunners 101 Firearms
Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK)
Hamilton/Fairfield Chapter Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Harry Enstrom Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Headwaters Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Headwaters Ltd. Inc
Heat Wave Hand Warmers
Hillside Taxidermy Studio
Hokendauqua Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Horn Pond Association
Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, New Hampshire
Idaho Wildlife Federation
Iron Furnace Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Izaak Walton League of America
Izaak Walton League of America, Minnesota Division
Izaak Walton League of America, Pennsylvania Division
Jamie Hardy, Hunter
Jase Custom Fishing Rods
Jason Parent, New Hampshire Guide Services
Joe Humphreys Enterprises
John Agurkis, Massachusetts Outdoor Writer
John Bartlett, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association
John Harris Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
John Swinton, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association
Jon Howe, New Hampshire Guide, Northern Rivers Guide Service
Kalamazoo Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Karen Courchesne, New Hampshire Guide
Ken Sink Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Klucky’s Outdoor Adventures
Lackawanna Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Lake City Sportsman’s Club, Minnesota
Lake Erie Region Conservancy
Lake James Area Wildlife and Nature Society
Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists
Lake Tarleton Association
Lancaster Red Rose Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Land Trust for the Little Tennessee
Lawrence County Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Lebanon County Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Lee LaPointe, Fisherman
Leech Lake Fishing Task Force
Len Licvar, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association
Leon P. Martuch Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
LHR Sporting Arms
Linda Kirk-Me, Maine Outdoor Writer
Lloyd Wilson Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Lovell Lake Association
Mad River Outfitters
Maineiac Outdoors
Marc Folco, Massachusetts Outdoor Writer
Marc Vallee, Hunter
Marcia Bonta, Author, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writer
Marilyn Black, Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association
Mark Blazis, Massachusetts Outdoor Writer
Mark Toth, New Hampshire Guide
Mary Julius, Massachusetts Outdoor Writer
Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Mecklenburg Audubon Society
Megan Horne, Hunter and Taxidermist
Merrimack River Watershed Association
Michael Hahn, Vermont Outdoor Writer, Author
Michigan Clean Water Action
Michigan Council, Trout Unlimited
Michigan Land Use Institute
Mike Adams Fly Fishing Outfitters
Mike Heath, Guide
Mike Roberts, Connecticut Outdoor Writer
Miller-Van Winkle Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Minnesota Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Minnesota Muskie and Pike Alliance
Minnesota Trout Association
Minnesota Waterfowl Association
Monadnock Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NH)
Monocacy Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Morse Sporting Goods
Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
Mount Healthy Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Mountain Deer Taxidermy
Mountain Island Lake Wildlife Stewards
Mountain Laurel Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Mountain Road Trading Post
Mountain WILD!
Nat Greene Fly Fishers
Natureology
Nebraska Wildlife Federation
Neshannock Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
New England Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
New Hampshire Bear Hunters Association
New Hampshire Birds Afield Video Productions
New Hampshire Council, Trout Unlimited
New Hampshire Shed Hunters Club (NHSHC)
New Hampshire Trappers Association
New Hampshire Wildlife Federation
New Hampshire’s Young Birders Club – The Harriers
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
New River Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited (VA)
Nor’Easter Snowmobile Club
North Carolina Bowhunters Association
North Carolina Camouflage Coalition
North Carolina Falconers Guild
North Carolina State Council, Trout Unlimited
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
Northeast Bass Masters
Northeast Outdoor Experience (NEOX)
Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter, Trout Unlimited
NorthWoods Common Scents
Offroad Research Group
Oil City Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
On Point Kennel, Hunting Dog Training and Supply
Outdoor Heritage Advisors
Oxford/Tallawanda Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Paul Fuller, New Hampshire Outdoor Writer
Paul H. Younge Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Paul Rebarchak, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Guide
Pemi Valley Moose Tours
Pemigewasset Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NH)
Penn Future – Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future
Penns Woods West Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited
Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association
Perkiomen Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Pheasants Forever
Pine Creek Watershed Council
Pine River Area Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Pisgah Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Pleasant Lake Preservation Association
Pointer Fish and Game Club Sports Club
Protecting, Advocating, and Conserving Together (PACT) in the High Country
Quail Forever
Randolph Mountain Club
Randy Julius, Massachusetts Outdoor Writer
Resource Institute
Richard Bernard, New Hampshire Guide, Fin Fighters Guide Service
Richard Pinney, New Hampshire Outdoor Writer
Riley’s Sport Shop
Roanoke Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited (VA)
Rob Hatch, New Hampshire Guide
Robert Gregorski, Connecticut Outdoor Writer
Rocky River Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Ron Sowa, New Hampshire Fishing Guide, Reel NH Fishing Guide Service
Safari Charters
Sandy Macys, Florida Outdoor Writer
Schrems West Michigan Chapter, Trout Unlimited
Seven Mile Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (OH)
Silvertip Production
Six Sisters Flybox
Sky Blue Outfitters
South Wake Conservationists
Southwest Consolidated Sportsmen
St. Cloud State University Ecology Club
Stanley Cooper Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Stephen Carpenteri, Maine Outdoor Writer
Stephen Hickoff, Maine Outdoor Writer, Author, Photographer
Steve Courchesne, New Hampshire Guide
Stone Mountain Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Straits Area Audubon Society
Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace and Justice
Suds N’ Soda Sport Shop
Sugar River Fly Fishing
Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust
Table Rock Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Ten Mile Guide Service
The Albemarle Angler
The Deering Association
The Friends of the Suncook River
The Lake Tarleton Association
The Minnesota Charter of the Wildlife Society
The Tackel Depot, Inc.
The Tackle Shack
The Wildlife Society at Virginia Tech
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Thomas E. Baltz, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide
Tim Moore Outdoors LLC, Hunting and Fishing Guide
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
Tom Doman, Fly Fishing Guide
Tom’s Fly Fishing Service
Tovar Cerulli, Vermont Outdoor Writer
Trader John’s Sport Shop
Tri County Trout Club
Triangle Fly Fishers
Trout Unlimited
Tuckaseigee Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Two Heart Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MI)
Unaka Chapter, Trout Unlimited (NC)
Uniontown Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Upper Black River Restoration Council
Valley Forge Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Vanguard Chapter, Trout Unlimited (MI)
Voices for the Earth
Washington County Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)
Water and Air Team, Charlevoix
Wayne Hooper, Maine Outdoor Writer
Wayne State Law School
West Chester Fish, Game and Wildlife
West Chester Gun Club
Western North Carolina Alliance
Western Pocono Chapter, Trout Unlimited (PA)
Wiggin Game Cams
Wildlife Forever, Minnesota
Wildlife Management Institute
Wildlife Sports and Taxidermy Sport Shop
Wileycoyote Taxidermy
Wilkes Barre Times Leader
William B. Mershon Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Windfall Rafting
Woods Outdoor Adventures
Wyatt Flys
Wyoming Wildlife Federation
Yellow Dog Fly Fishing
York County Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America (PA)

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