A year ago this week, War was declared on America’s lands when President Trump signed Executive Order 13792. This unprecedented action put 26 National Monuments on the chopping block for review and possible reduction in size. The President had already appointed Ryan Zinke as Interior Department Secretary, and he became the point person for carrying out the executive order. Over the past year, Secretary Zinke has expanded the war on numerous fronts through his political appointments, his department re-organization fumbling, his shunning of wildlife management and sound science and his devotion to energy conglomerates and large-scale agriculture.
SCWF board member Calvert Huffines of Walterboro (center) recently joined Audubon South Carolina's Matt Johnson (left) and Conservation Voters of South Carolina member Tom Erwin (right) in Washington DC. They met with Senator Lindsey Graham, and also with staff from the offices of Senator Tim Scott, Representative Mark Sanford, and Representative Jim Clyburn. Topics discussed included our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to selling of public lands for mining, and our support of full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
SCWF was elated to team up with Waccamaw River Blue Trail to host an event to honor the 20th anniversary of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate our #PublicLands on Friday, December 1st. Attendees of this free event enjoyed refreshments and a free kayaking tour. Thank you to Craig Sasser for opening up your beautiful refuge to us and for speaking at the event, Gator Bait Adventure Tours for the use of your kayaks and guiding the tour, and of course, thanks to the supporters who came out! #saveourrefuge
Read our op-ed in the Post and Courier about the act granting presidents the authority to designate public lands as national monuments.
Our public lands and waters are an American birthright and are the foundation of America’s $887 billion outdoor economy. Almost a dozen groups representing more than 100,000 sportsmen in South Carolina sent this letter to our senators and representatives in support of public lands across America. Please read and share.