North Dakota now has a chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the advocacy group for public lands and waters, said Wedneday in announcing four new chapters around the country.
Formed in 2004 around an Oregon campfire, BHA’s membership has doubled each of the past four years, and rapid growth continues this year, the group said. BHA describes itself as “the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.”
In a news release, here’s what BHA said about the new North Dakota chapter:
North Dakota public lands and waters are under attack and sadly under-appreciated, commented BHA’s state chapter chair. From east to west are wildlife management areas, BLM lands, national wildlife refuges and more that public land owners can call their own, in addition to icons such as the Little Missouri National Grasslands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
“It’s not surprising that our first project as an official chapter is an OHV signage project in the Little Missouri National Grasslands,” said Adam Leitschuh, North Dakota chapter chair, who lives in Minot. “Before we were even an official chapter, we started talking with Forest Service representatives. We will be starting this project by the end of May.
“A passion for public lands and waters defines the individuals who have come together to start this chapter,” Leitschuh said. “This doesn’t stop at our board. The diversity of people who have been coming out to pint nights – folks who not only use public lands in North Dakota but truly care about them – is eye opening.”
In addition to North Dakota, BHA announced new chapters in Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. BHA now has chapters in 39 states, two Canadian provinces — Alberta and British Columbia — and Washington, D.C.
More info on Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is available here.