Boone and Crockett Release Statement on Climate Change

The 125-year-old conservation group, The Boone and Crockett Club released a statement regarding their stance on climate change and how it affects its conservation effort. The club is mostly known in hunting circles for its scoring system and record book, but they have been a driving force in conservation for the last century.

In a press release that was published on 19 November 2020, the club announced how they will be focusing their conservation efforts going forward with climate change in mind.

Their position is an updated version of what they published in 2009 and was “developed by a core team of regular and professional members of the Club with input from experts representing a wide spectrum of political perspectives.”

Data in the United States shows that sea level is rising, heat waves and storm events are growing in severity, and various timing cues or ranges for vegetation and wildlife are shifting. Hunters are attuned to fluctuations in and stresses on big game populations and their habitat, and are seeing significant impacts to our forests, streams, and coastlines. The Club is concerned that wildlife and its habitat may not have the ability to adapt to these observed rapid changes unless action is taken soon. In accordance with its mission to conserve and sustain abundant wildlife populations and their habitat for future generations, the Boone and Crockett Club is committed to policies that reduce greenhouse gases and combat their effect on climate.    

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“Those of us who spend time in the field hunting have seen firsthand the effects of changing weather patterns through catastrophic wildfires, severe coastal storms, and extremes of droughts or floods. Habitat is destroyed or changed in these events limiting the ability for wildlife populations to be resilient. The Boone and Crockett Club has been a leader in conservation for over 125 years and we recognized the need for our organization to play a role in the growing discussions on climate change,” commented Club president Tim Brady. “We hope that our recommendations will ultimately result in policies that reduce atmospheric carbon and ensure that natural systems are able to provide for our wildlife resources, while ensuring a robust economy and strong job growth.”

The last part of Tim Brady’s statement should be of interest to many hunters that also hold republican and conservative points of view. They fear that many of the proposals, such as the Green New Deal, put forward by the liberals and democrats would devastate the economy and make thing way worse in the long run.

Here is what they plan to do and how they plan to implement their new initiatives.

To help reduce carbon emissions, the Club supports a policy that allows governments and stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions through a market-based carbon price mechanism that provides sufficient flexibility and economic protections. In addition, the Club supports an increase in renewable energy production on public lands but cautions against development in areas with priority habitats such as migration corridors or flyways. The position statement also recommends the universal implementation of standard procedures to capture methane leakage from oil and gas production through readily available technologies.

The second primary focus of the position statement encourages the use of natural climate solutions. The Club recommends directing funding and incentives to support carbon sequestration by conserving healthy forests, grasslands, and wetlands that have the potential to store 30 percent or more of needed carbon reductions. Sustainable, active management of forests, both public and private, would be a significant benefit to the climate, and to restoring millions of acres of wildlife habitat. Improved grazing practices and nutrient management on farms, likewise, offer substantial carbon savings.  In addition, the conservation of wildlife habitat and natural areas should be funded using revenues from any carbon price mechanism. This would ensure that new climate-related funding would support carbon storage needs while also providing the quality habitat wildlife will need to adapt to a changing climate. In addition, the Club recommends that the U.S. take steps to curtail the loss of tropical forests internationally, particularly from illegal logging.

Finally, within the area of investing in carbon reduction technologies, the position statement calls for the increased use of innovative forest products and the deployment of clean energy technology. Federal, state, and local governments should adopt requirements to employ innovative forest products to reduce embodied carbon emissions in new public building construction, and ramp up sustainable forestry practices to ensure a net carbon reduction effect. The Club recommends scaling up and deploying clean energy technology that will benefit the economy while reducing carbon emissions.

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It appears the club is taking the concerns of conservatives to heart when it comes to this statement on a controversial topic such as climate change. They reiterate with this quote that any action to combat climate change must be implemented with how it will affect economies and our way of life.

“When 4 billion people worldwide stayed at home during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, the world carbon emissions decreased dramatically. Unfortunately, the reduction in carbon emissions caused by the severe worldwide economic contraction also caused painful, even catastrophic, social, and humanitarian issues,” Brady concluded. “A goal to reduce carbon emissions cannot be accomplished by devastating nations’ economies and exacerbating social and humanitarian challenges worldwide. The better goal is to make clean energy affordable for all parts of the world, focus on technology that can decarbonize global energy uses, and invest in natural systems that can store carbon while also providing critical habitat for wildlife.”