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11/03/2011

Make Your Voice Heard to Protect Hunting Rights in Michigan Forest

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Your comments are again needed for one last push to help retain firearms hunting rights throughout Michigan's Huron-Manistee National Forest.

A federal appellate court ruled late in 2010 that the U.S. Forest Service must consider banning firearms in parts of the forest. The Huron-Manistee National Forest complied by producing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, formulated with the help of many comments from sportsmen supporting firearm hunting, that was released Sept. 23, 2011.

The Forest Service produced four alternative plans for use in the 14 "Semiprimitive Nonmotorized Areas" in question. HMNF's "preferred" plan, "Alternative 4", would allow firearms hunting to continue on all 66,000 acres in question. The tremendous volume of comments submitted by the hunting community played an important role in the HMNF's support of Alternative 4 and continued firearm hunting.

The Huron-Manistee National Forest will accept public comments until Dec. 21, 2011, prior to a decision by USFS Regional Forester Chuck Myers that must pass judicial review.

Now is the time to nudge Alternative 4 over the finish line. The NWTF urges members and other supporters of conservation and our hunting heritage to continue to submit comments supporting Alternative 4. The elimination of hunting rights in these areas would set a dangerous precedent for anti-hunting activists to build on.

Please send your comments by Dec. 23, to:
comments-eastern-huron-manistee@fs.fed.us.

Comments can also be mailed to:
HMNF Public Information Officer Kenneth Arbogast
1755 S. Mitchell St.
Cadillac, MI, 49601.

Faxes can be sent to (231) 775-5551.

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