"The Department has demonstrated tremendous success with this RCPP, it only makes sense to extend it and maintain its benefit for wildlife and producers. This Project fits the ADA board’s criteria of benefiting all species of wildlife, not focusing on a single species. If this RCPP is selected for an extension, the ADA will vigorously support providing a minimum $25,000 per year from the revenue generated through the Big Game Special Tag fund over the course of the project’s five years.
The ADA is proud to be a cooperator in concert with our Mule Deer Foundation and Department counterparts and other partners on this outstanding long term, multi-phased project for the betterment of Northern Arizona."
Arizona Deer Association President Don McDowell sat down with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. In addition to presenting the Secretary with a letter of support from the ADA, they discussed a number of conservation issues.
Arizona Deer Association Supports Expanded Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges in Arizona
We at the Arizona Deer Association, located in the State of Arizona, founded in 1995 as Arizona’s premiere wildlife conservation organization, are writing to applaud the efforts of President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of the Department of the Interior David L. Bernhardt to open the Cabeza Prieta, Buenos Aires, Cibola and Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuges located in southern Arizona to recreational hunting opportunities.
We feel the opening of the noted NWR’s is important to sportsmen-women and families plus the economic impact to Arizona, to have the ability to hunt big game species, other than Big Horn Sheep, to include but not limited to antelope, mule and white tailed deer, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, badger, ringtail cat, kit and gray fox, spotted skunk, cottontail rabbit, black-tailed jack rabbit, Gambel’s and Mearns quail, mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared dove, as well as, other various species as identified by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
ADA President Don McDowell talks about the importance of supporting the proposed expanded hunting opportunities on the Cabeza Prieta and other US Fish and Wildlife managed lands in Arizona.
In a letter to Arizona Forestry Program Supervisor John Richardson:
I am writing to you in regards to the Department of Forestry and Fire Management’s 2020 Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant. The Arizona Game and Fish Department staff formally presented this project to the Arizona Deer Association (ADA) on August 20th 2019. At the conclusion of their presentation, the motion was made and accepted by the ADA Board of Directors to adopt the Project as an ADA premier habitat enhancement project.
This Project fits the ADA board’s criteria of benefiting all species of wildlife, and restoring ecosystem health. Many of the acres being treated through this project will reduce hazardous fuel loads and reduce the wildfire risk to homes, ranches, and the fences and waters that they need to operate. The ADA has reached out to District 4’s Congressman to provide additional support for this project.
The ADA is proud to be a cooperator in concert with our Mule Deer Foundation and Department counterparts and other partners on this outstanding long term, multi phased projects for the betterment of some 50,000 acres.
Yours in conservation,
Arizona Deer Association
Dear U.S. Forest Service, NEPA team specialists for the Heber Wild Horse Territory Management Plan,
We appreciate the opportunity to submit comments and support the proposed action to develop a Heber Wild Horse Territory (HWHT) Management Plan (Plan). The Plan must ensure the herd is managed to maintain a self-sustaining population of healthy animals within the designated territory, in a thriving natural ecological balance with other uses and the productive capacity of their habitat. This includes achieving the desired conditions to have forage and cover available to prey species and big game species to maintain healthy
populations, vigorous desirable forage species, functioning riparian habitats and satisfactory soil and watershed conditions.
However, there are significant issues not fully considered or lacking in the proposed action that may cause social or economic harm and place rural communities, local governments, hunters, outdoor recreationists, grazing permittees, and private land inholdings within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests at risk. There are
also issues not considered that may cause harm to localized wildlife and other species. These issues are provided in the following comments, supported by pertinent references or additional information submitted electronically as attachments with this comment letter.