325 Sporting Groups Back EPA Carbon Pollution Limits

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

10-09-2014 // Miles Grant

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Groups representing millions of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts are speaking out in support of climate action, releasing a letter in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The letter is signed by 325 national, state and local groups including Trout Unlimited, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and the National Wildlife Federation.

“As hunters and anglers, we see first-hand how climate change is altering habitat and putting our outdoor heritage at risk,” reads the letter. “We agree that more can and should be done to update our clean air standards to address carbon pollution from major sources including new and existing power plants. America’s hunters, anglers, and the $90 billion a year industry that supports them encourage long overdue action to address climate change and preserve America’s conservation legacy.”

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:

“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

Columbus Kayak

Concord Wildlife Alliance


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


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

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)

Virginia Council, Trout Unlimited

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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