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Lessons Learned

A blueprint for securing our energy future while safeguarding America's sporting heritage.

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Can energy development and healthy fish and wildlife habitat exist on the same landscape? The answer is a qualified yes.

Energy development can coexist with healthy habitat and quality hunting and angling, but it doesn’t happen by chance. Responsible energy development requires careful planning and a commitment from stakeholder groups, the public and decision makers to get it right. Only through collaboration can we strike the appropriate balance. And it is critical that our public land management agencies – the Bureau of Land Mangement and the U.S. Forest Service – have the right policies and procedures in place to facilitate both energy development and the conservation of healthy fish and wildlife habitat.

This report profiles three landscapes: 1) an area where energy development has not been balanced with fish and wildlife habitat, 2) an example of responsible development, and 3) a place where the right approach to development in the future can maintain quality habitat and sporting opportunities.

As our country moves forward with the development of domestic energy resources, our decision makers and public land managers have a choice between policies that support responsible energy development and other multiple uses, or decisions that priortize energy development over all other uses, leaving our public lands fragmented and their habitat degraded with diminished sporting opportunities.

The hunting and fishing businesses and organizations that have endorsed this report are committed to the former.
Energy development and fish and wildlife habitat need not be mutually exclusive, but it will take leadership and sound policy from our decision makers to strike the right balance. We hope that this report helps to achieve this goal.

"If we’ve learned any lessons during the past few decades, perhaps the most important is that preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it’s common sense. Our physical health, our social happiness, and our economic wellbeing will be sustained only by all of us working in partnership as thoughtful, effective stewards of our natural resources."

— Ronald Reagan, July 11, 1984, Theodore Roosevelt Island 

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