Public Lands Conservation Improving access and habitat on our public lands

The NDA launched a national initiative in 2021 entitled Improving Access, Habitat and Deer Hunting on Public Lands that addresses landscape-level access and forest health issues nationally. This initiative has a reach goal to improve 1 million acres of public land by 2026. Fortunately support from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, as well as private donors, aim to help the NDA accelerate important work under this campaign.

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Like the NDA, the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Outdoor Fund encourages more than 200 million Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s customers to round up purchases to support conservation partners and projects that advocate for sportsmen’s rights, connect new audiences to the outdoors, and protect and conserve wildlife habitat across North America, a mission that closely aligns with the NDA’s.

The Way It Works

NDA’s team of shared stewardship coordinators mutually identify and select proposed projects for completion on public lands across the country. Most of these are occurring on US Forest Service lands, but some outreach is happening on other federal or on state lands as well.

These efforts are guided by federal and state land management objectives and NDA’s conservation priorities, and may include any or all of the following techniques, based on local and regional needs: fire abatement strategies and/or prescribed fire treatments; various forms of vegetation management (such as timber thinning) to promote healthy forests; watershed restoration and maintenance; control of noxious and exotic species and the reestablishment of native species; recreational facility management; and, road and trail maintenance or decommissioning to restore and improve water quality.

If you would like to help with this critical public lands initiative, no level of support is too small. Please contact us or donate directly to help NDA reach this important conservation goal for all deer enthusiasts.