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Responsible Energy Development Guidelines

Hunters and anglers recognize that our country needs energy, and we know it is possible to develop resources and protect vital fish and wildlife habitat at the same time. These principles will help to facilitate responsible energy development and ensure that quality opportunities to hunt and fish on public lands are sustained long into the future.

  1. The public lands that hunters and anglers depend upon shall remain in the public domain for the use of future generations.
  2. Hunters and anglers must have a voice in decisions affecting energy development on public lands.
  3. Public lands should be managed for multiple uses, including high-quality habitat and hunting and fishing.
  4. Energy development shall not adversely affect water resources that are essential to human health and vital to fish and wildlife.
  5. Responsible energy development must include assessment and planning to avoid or minimize potential adverse impacts to fish, wildlife, and water resources.
  6. Lands not suitable for energy development should be off limits – this includes essential fish and wildlife habitat and sensitive backcountry lands.
  7. Energy development must comply with standards, guidelines, best management practices, and applicable laws and regulations put in place to minimize potential for adverse impacts of development on fish, wildlife, and people.
  8. Energy developers must mitigate unavoidable or unforeseen impacts to fish and wildlife habitat associated with energy development on public lands.
  9. All sectors of the energy industry shall pay their fair share for habitat mitigation and restoration on public lands that are impacted by development.
  10. Federal land management agencies should have adequate funding to ensure the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat and water resources in the face of energy development.
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