21.2 - Request an interagency data call for a compilation of opportunities to access adjacent public lands through lands they oversee

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 21

Request an interagency data call for a compilation of opportunities to access adjacent public lands through lands they oversee when hunting on adjacent lands would be a beneficial wildlife management tool. For example, in 2008 the Secretary of Interior announced an assessment of National Park Service units to determine the potential benefits of facilitating access to hunting on adjacent federal lands as a wildlife management tool. Such access is already provided at Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), which allows hunters to access Arapahoe National Forest through the park as a means of promoting recreational opportunities while concurrently reducing the park’s overpopulated elk herd. The assessment would seek to determine where similar programs would be desirable as a wildlife management tool in other park units. Note: pending regulations related to carrying concealed firearms on NPS lands do not affect the RMNP program and would not impact the ability to undertake a similar program in other park units.

Assessment of Status: Incomplete

While steps have been taken by the National Park Service and Congress to increase hunter access, an interagency data call has not occurred. Therefore the sub-action is incomplete.

Supporting documentation and findings

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