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Why is it so important for you and members of your community to attend this year’s Public Lands Rally? 
Whether you are a hunter, hiker, angler, bird watcher, horseback rider, camper or just enjoy New Mexico’s beauty, our environment, national parks, monuments and forests we want to encourage you to come out our public lands rally! We’ve got a wide variety of speakers representing New Mexico’s diverse communities and this is great way to learn about issues impacting public lands and our environment and how you can make a difference at the local, state and federal level.

This year’s rally is really important and timely because our Public Lands are under  attack—We are seeing a range of issues from folks like those in Utah at the state and federal level trying to transfer federal public lands to the states or private interests to be parceled, developed or sold off, to increased fracking and mining, to trying to get the natural resources under these lands (and even under private lands), to some in congress trying to shrink or take away our national monuments. Also we are encountering a range of other issues like damage to sacred sites and petroglyph defacement, poaching, illegal dumping and being locked out of our public lands. All of these threats reduce access, integrity and opportunity for everyday New Mexicans and the public to enjoy these amazing lands that are part of our culture, history and identity as a nation and a state.

Agenda

Public Lands Rally 

From Hope to Action: Making a Difference in Your Community and State

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

11am-2pm

New Mexico State Capitol

Full Agenda

11am How to Lobby for Our Public Lands 

Training on Public Advocacy at the State and Local Level 

(Rio Chama Restaurant, President’s Room) 

 

1pm: Nuestras Voces, Nuestra Tierra: Voices from New Mexico’s Communities 

What do Land Grant Heirs, Tribal Youth, Cattle Permittees, Military Veterans, Sportsmen and Women, State Legislators, Environmental Advocates, and Faith Leaders have in Common? Come Find Out! 

(New Mexico Sate Capitol Rotunda) 

 

2:30pm New Mexico Wildlife Federation After Party: Celebrating New Mexico’s Lands and Culture 

Come for free food, drinks, fun and prizes and giveaways

(Second Street Brewery @ the Railyard)

Made in the USA, St. Croix blanks are the foundational pieces for creating elite custom rods

 

Diehard custom rod builders are true geeks, not freaks. Like a sculptor consumed in concept and covered in clay, rod builders endeavor to create perfectly functioning tools that double as works of art – their masterpieces hung with pride above the mantle between fishing trips.

So why go through the trouble of handcrafting a custom rod when a heritage company like St. Croix already builds the “Best Rods on Earth”? Just ask Tom Kirkman, a pedigreed rod builder from High Point, North Carolina. He’s not only been crafting custom rods since the 1970’s, Kirkman also publishes RodMaker, a bimonthly specialty magazine, and produces the International Custom Rod Building Exposition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 

“Sure, there’s the aesthetics alone of a custom-built rod, with wraps offered in every color scheme; after all, cars are painted all different colors to suit each person,” says Kirkman. “But the real reason is most manufactured rods are to be one size fits all. But an angler may desire a handle with a different diameter, or, perhaps, someone fishes a technique differently than the average Joe, and needs a rod to perform differently. And the list can go on and on.  


“But basically, it’s because the most passionate people in any sport desire customized tools to fit their needs. And, while there are a lot of blank manufactures out there, St. Croix is one of the most highly respected.”

 

How has that respect been earned? St. Croix offers both hardcore and hobbyist rod-builders nearly every blank used in the USA factory-produced rods. That means you can craft a personalized rod knowing that exclusive St. Croix technologies have your back…and blank. So go ahead and wrap those guides in Chicago Cub blue or Packer green and gold and know that despite the fanaticism, the rod will fish like a pro.  

 

And if you want to see how pros fashion blanks and build finished rods, St. Croix encourages you to take a Factory Tour. “St. Croix is the last bastion when it comes to manufacturing rod blanks in the United States,” says Director of Marketing Jesse Simpkins. “It’s the pride that goes into creating the technology, as well as the engineering to make it come together and then the actual manufacturing process. Every employee here truly cares about building the perfect rod, whether we finish it here, or the blank is customized by someone else.”

Whether you’re going to construct a rod from scratch yourself, or hire a custom rod-builder, just remember the blank is the foundation in which all great rods are built upon…so choose wisely.

  

St. Croix Proprietary Blank Technologies:

 

INTEGRATED POLY CURVE® (IPC®) TECHNOLOGY

Developed exclusively by St. Croix, Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) tooling technology has rapidly become the engineering leader in rodmaking. Designed to eliminate all transitional points in the rod blank, IPC-engineered rods feature smoother actions, increased strength and greater sensitivity.

 

ADVANCED REINFORCING TECHNOLOGY™ (ART™)

Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™) is an exotic carbon fiber material that adds a magnitude (10X) of strength with virtually no increase in blank diameter or weight. ART significantly improves the hoop strength of the blank by preventing it from deforming or “ovaling” under a severe load, such as a powerful hook set or fish battle. ART is also a critical part of our slim-profile ferrule design.

 

TAPER ENHANCEMENT TECHNOLOGY

After several years of R&D and testing, St. Croix has perfected an innovative new Taper Enhancement Technology (TET) that begins with precision-cut, curved blank patterns made possible by a state-of-the-art computerized pattern cutting machine. When combined with IPC-mandrels, these unique patterns create blanks with better actions and improved sensitivity. This pattern design and cutting technology is a dramatic departure from traditional straight-line patterns cut by hand. TET is featured in SCV spinning and casting blanks.

 

FORTIFIED RESIN SYSTEM

St. Croix once again breaks new ground in premium rod manufacturing technology with the development of a new Fortified Resin System (FRS), which combines a fortified super resin with new computer operated curing ovens that provide improved temperature and time management through all stages of the curing cycle. FRS prevents microbuckling by keeping the carbon fibers in proper alignment. Blanks manufactured using this advanced manufacturing protocol test out consistently to be 33% stronger than those built with standard resins and curing methods. Blank series manufactured with FRS include all fresh- and saltwater SCV and SCIV.

About St. Croix Rod

St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 68-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.

Rainy day rooster

Mouthful of Feathers

The old girl keeps plugging along, slow and steady. This wing-tipped rooster made the mistake of trying to hide instead of run. At a dead run in the thin grass he might have slipped away, but even now there is no hiding from her nose.

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How we got here

Critical Issue in the West and the Nation.

New Mexico Stream Access Coalition

Figuring out how the Stream Access Bill even got passed can be confusing. NMWF executive director Garrett Vene Klasen and deputy director Todd Leahy dive in.

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Well said brother. I certainly measure my time by how many hunting seasons I have left. From that perspective, the priorities emerge. Thank you and, have a great October. I’ve started mine on the water with 4 big bull redfish from southwest and red passes in the bird foot of the Miss River Delta, a giant jack crevale and red snapper to boot (released of course). Cheers.

Mouthful of Feathers

“It is easy to forget that in the main we die only seven times more slowly than our dogs,”

The Road Home, Jim Harrison

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October is finite – not only in volume, but in reoccurrence.

In Idaho, October is the perfect month. The weather cools and the aspens start to drop their golden leaves. Brown trout move upstream to spawn, colored up like the aspens and hungry and edgy and mean. Sharp tail seasons line up with other upland species so the whole host of bird hunting is on the menu.

October is a marker for my years and sometimes it’s alarming how fast they tick past. Throwing out a pair of worn out boots I realize it’s been a dozen years since I bought them. Sorting boxes of factory pheasant loads with $9  price tags, I try to remember when you could buy Golden Pheasant loads for that price.

Fondly remembering a hunt with a…

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More than thirty sportsmen organizations sent a letter to the RNC and DNC encouraging them to support America’s public lands 

WASHINGTON, DC – More than thirty national and state-level sportsmen organizations, representing millions of hunters and anglers, sent the following letters to the Republican and Democratic Platform Committees encouraging them to support America’s public lands:
 
July 11, 2016

310 First Street SE

Washington, D.C 20003

Honorable Reince Priebus

Chairperson, Republican National Committee

Republican National Committee

Dear Mr. Priebus: 

Our organizations collectively represent millions of hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Our members, and tens of millions of other Americans, depend on our national forests, parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands to provide fish and wildlife habitat and access to places to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. The iconic landscapes of America’s public lands also sustain our economy by supporting an outdoor recreation industry that generates $646 billion in economic benefit annually and supports 6.1 million jobs—and attracting tourists from around the nation.

Our national tapestry of public lands is the product of more than a century of leadership by both Republicans and Democrats. Several of the world’s first national forests, monuments and wildlife refuges were set aside by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt expanded our National Wildlife Refuge System and National Park System and put millions of Americans to work during the Great Depression restoring and maintaining public lands. Over the years, presidents of both parties worked with bipartisan leaders in Congress to craft the laws that govern the activities of the U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Wilderness Preservation System, and the Bureau of Land Management.

America’s public lands provide important value for all Americans, whether they live in rural or urban areas. These benefits include improving air and water quality, sustaining local water supplies, producing timber, providing grass for grazing, bolstering local tourism economies, enhancing agricultural production through pollination, and supporting a range wildlife and biodiversity.   

America’s hunters and anglers have a special interest in our public lands. Some of our most treasured big game animals depend on the secure habitat and migration corridors that are provided by public land. Many sportfish species depend on cool, clean waters that originate on public lands. Federal public lands also provide free access for tens of millions of Americans to hunt and fish every year. These lands sustain our hunting and fishing heritage and fill our freezers. While all of America owns these lands, their wise stewardship is of particularly vital concern to us.

Managing hundreds of millions of acres of federal land for the public benefit requires a careful balancing of many different uses. It is also essential to ensure that current activities do not impair the ability of future generations to benefit from our public lands. There are no easy answers, but the value of public lands to the American people makes finding common-sense solutions worth the effort.

Your 2016 party platform presents an opportunity to explain to the American people how you will satisfy competing interests and protect our public lands for future generations. Healthy debate about how to manage federal lands is an important part of the democratic process. Your platform can advance that democratic debate by explaining how your party proposes to sustainably develop natural resources, protect wildlife habitat, ensure public access, and maintain our public land heritage for future generations.

At the same time, we do not believe it would be constructive to include broad directives to transfer federal lands to state or local control, sell federal lands to private interests, or otherwise liquidate the national interest in federal land management. These kinds of directives do a disservice to the American people and especially to America’s hunters and anglers. These proposals do not advance the goal of finding meaningful ways to balance competing interests and preserve our national public land heritage for future generations.

Thank you for your commitment to the sound management and conservation of our public lands, which provide so much benefit to all Americans. If you would like to discuss this with us, please contact Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, at collin@nwf.org, 703-438-6046.

Sincerely, 

The National Wildlife Federation
Boone and Crockett Club
Dallas Safari Club
Ducks Unlimited
National Wild Turkey Federation
Pheasants Forever
Quail Forever
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Trout Unlimited
Wild Sheep Foundation
Wildlife Management Institute
Alabama Wildlife Federation
Arizona Wildlife Federation
Association of Northwest Steelheaders
Colorado Wildlife Federation
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Florida Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation
Idaho Wildlife Federation
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Kansas Wildlife Federation
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Montana Wildlife Federation
Nevada Wildlife Federation 
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
North Dakota Wildlife Federation
South Carolina Wildlife Federation
South Dakota Wildlife Federation
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Wyoming Wildlife Federation

July 11, 2016

Graeme Crews

1900 Market St, Suite 300

Philadelphia, PA 19103

gcrews@demconvention.com

Honorable Shirley Franklin

Co-Chair, Democratic National Convention Platform Committee

Democratic National Convention Committee

Honorable Dannel Malloy

Co-Chair, Democratic National Convention Platform Committee

Democratic National Convention Committee

Dear Mrs. Franklin and Governor Malloy: 

Our organizations collectively represent millions of hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Our members, and tens of millions of other Americans, depend on our national forests, parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands to provide fish and wildlife habitat and access to places to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. The iconic landscapes of America’s public lands also sustain our economy by supporting an outdoor recreation industry that generates $646 billion in economic benefit annually and supports 6.1 million jobs—and attracting tourists from around the nation.

Our national tapestry of public lands is the product of more than a century of leadership by both Republicans and Democrats. Several of the world’s first national forests, monuments and wildlife refuges were set aside by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt expanded our National Wildlife Refuge System and National Park System and put millions of Americans to work during the Great Depression restoring and maintaining public lands. Over the years, presidents of both parties worked with bipartisan leaders in Congress to craft the laws that govern the activities of the U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Wilderness Preservation System, and the Bureau of Land Management.

America’s public lands provide important value for all Americans, whether they live in rural or urban areas. These benefits include improving air and water quality, sustaining local water supplies, producing timber, providing grass for grazing, bolstering local tourism economies, enhancing agricultural production through pollination, and supporting a range wildlife and biodiversity.   

America’s hunters and anglers have a special interest in our public lands. Some of our most treasured big game animals depend on the security habitat and migration corridors that are provided by public land. Many sportfish species depend on cool, clean waters that originate on public lands. Federal public lands also provide free access for tens of millions of Americans to hunt and fish every year. These lands sustain our hunting and fishing heritage and fill our freezers. While all of America owns these lands, their wise stewardship is of particularly vital concern to us.

Managing hundreds of millions of acres of federal land for the public benefit requires a careful balancing of many different uses. It is also essential to ensure that current activities do not impair the ability of future generations to benefit from our public lands. There are no easy answers, but the value of public lands to the American people makes finding common-sense solutions worth the effort.

Your 2016 party platform presents an opportunity to explain to the American people how you will satisfy competing interests and protect our public lands for future generations. Healthy debate about how to manage federal lands is an important part of the democratic process. Your platform can advance that democratic debate by explaining how your party proposes to sustainably develop natural resources, protect wildlife habitat, ensure public access, and maintain our public land heritage for future generations.

At the same time, we do not believe it would be constructive to include broad directives to transfer federal lands to state or local control, sell federal lands to private interests, or otherwise liquidate the national interest in federal land management. These kinds of directives do a disservice to the American people and especially to America’s hunters and anglers. These proposals do not advance the goal of finding meaningful ways to balance competing interests and preserve our national public land heritage for future generations.

Thank you for your commitment to the sound management and conservation of our public lands, which provide so much benefit to all Americans. If you would like to discuss this with us, please contact Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, at collin@nwf.org, 703-438-6046.

Sincerely, 

The National Wildlife Federation
Boone and Crockett Club
Dallas Safari Club
Ducks Unlimited
National Wild Turkey Federation
Pheasants Forever
Quail Forever
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Trout Unlimited 
Wild Sheep Foundation
Wildlife Management Institute
Alabama Wildlife Federation
Arizona Wildlife Federation
Association of Northwest Steelheaders
Colorado Wildlife Federation
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Florida Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation
Idaho Wildlife Federation
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Kansas Wildlife Federation
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Montana Wildlife Federation
Nevada Wildlife Federation 
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
North Dakota Wildlife Federation
South Carolina Wildlife Federation
South Dakota Wildlife Federation
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Wyoming Wildlife Federation
Please note: the National Wildlife Federation and the co-signers of these letters do not participate in political campaigns, nor do we endorse, support or oppose any political party or any candidates for elected offices.

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