Upland Stamp Gains Momentum
Cleveland, O.H. (August 18, 2015)- Earlier this year, after months of discussion on the state of upland birds and conservation in this country we released an article titled “It’s Time for the Federal Upland Stamp.” The week we published coincided with Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) biannual meeting in Omaha sponsored by the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) — often referred to as “The North American” by biologists and wildlife professionals, not known by many others including hunters. Read the full article.
Conservation's Invisible Birds
Cleveland, O.H. (June 23, 2015)- As hunters, we often look to conservation organizations to protect and enhance hunting opportunities or address the critical habitat issues facing upland birds. Yet, many of us are not even members of the organizations we look to for support. Read the full article.
The Rising Costs of Conservation
Cleveland, O.H. (April 7, 2015)- Wildlife held in the public trust: It’s a cornerstone of the North American Conservation Model. The phrase sounds good, but what does it actually mean in regards to upland birds and upland habitat? Simply put, it means that every wild Sharptail in Montana belongs to the citizens of this country. The Blue Racers of Oklahoma and Texas belong to everyone. We are responsible for the Ruffed Grouse of Maine and the Bobwhite of Louisiana. The public land on which they reside is in our care as well. It is our responsibility and our resource. Regardless of whether or not these birds are in our back yard or on public lands, if they are wild, they are our charge. Read the full article.
Making the Upland Stamp Work
Cleveland, O.H. (March 16, 2015)- Outdoor columnist and author Christine Cunningham details how the Upland Stamp could work on a national scale to incentivize states to take on small game habitat. Looking to previous conservation successes such as the Wildlife Restoration Program, a fair and effective program could be devised. Click here to read the article.
Upland Hunting Group Proposes Creation of Federal Upland Stamp
Cleveland, O.H. (March 5, 2015)- Ultimate Upland founder Brian Koch partnered with author and outdoor columnist Christine Cunningham to introduce a petition for the first federal stamp for upland habitat conservation. Koch and Cunningham co-authored the article, “It’s Time for The Federal Upland Stamp”, to voice concerns regarding the declining upland bird habitat in the United States and create an opportunity to highlight the cultural value of upland game species to broader audiences.
“For the last century hunters have been a leading force in conservation,” said Koch. “The goal of the Federal Upland Stamp is to build a new program to reverse the losses of upland habitat and the resulting negative impacts to the numerous species of wildlife that exist in those spaces. We believe bird hunters should take charge of a new conservation measure that places an emphasis on stewardship.”
The petition will survey wildlife enthusiasts regarding proposed stamp costs and how to utilize funds generated by an upland stamp managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Following the petition, Koch and Cunningham plan to work with federal agencies, members of U.S. Congress, and conservation organizations to begin conversations on shaping the proposed Federal Upland Stamp and the future of upland habitat conservation.
“When we talk about the most serious threats to hunting today, the most critical issue hunters’ face is loss of habitat,” said Cunningham. “Grassland bird species have suffered steep declines over the last 50 years. Recent listings and the nationwide scope of the problem make conservation a priority. An upland stamp does not just provide funds toward conservation, it will highlight the value of upland birds to a wider audience.”
Ultimate Upland is the first organization to support the Federal Upland Stamp. Fellow bird hunter, Christine Cunningham brings her commitment to conservation and passion for creating opportunities for women hunters to become more involved in the hunting community.