Communities in the Marcellus Shale region have a rich heritage of hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor traditions on public and private lands—the very places targeted for Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Passed down from generation to generation, these sporting traditions have become part of the cultural and social fabric. Hunting and fishing is not just a pastime though—it is also big business. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than $8.4 billion in revenue is generated each year in Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia—the three largest Marcellus Shale states—from fishing, hunting and wildlife-related recreation. And across the region there are over 13 million sportsmen and women whose interests are at stake.

The Sportsmen Alliance for Marcellus Conservation (Sportsmen Alliance) is an affiliation of sportsmen and women working together to identify and mitigate the impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling on hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor sporting activities. As Marcellus Shale gas development began to increase at a rapid pace and scale across northern Appalachia, sportsmen and women from across the region joined forces and created the Sportsmen Alliance to urge state and federal agencies and the energy industry to protect long-held hunting, fishing and trapping traditions.

The Sportsmen Alliance is not opposed to gas drilling and recognizes the potential economic and social benefits. Rather, we are concerned that the current state and local policies governing gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale do not adequately protect valuable and irreplaceable natural resources, including clean water and critical habitat for fish and wildlife.

The Sportsmen Alliance has developed the following two factsheets that describe (1) how Marcellus Shale gas development may impact hunting, fishing and trapping throughout the Appalachian region, and (2) what state agencies and the gas industry can do to protect fish and wildlife.

Members of the Sportsmen Alliance include Trout Unlimited and its Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Mid-Atlantic, Virginia, and New Jersey state councils and its Forks of the Delaware, Iron Furnace, Lloyd Wilson, and Tulpehocken chapters; Theodore Gordon Flyfishers; Federation of Fly Fishers and its Northeast Council and Wild Trout Flyrodders and Twin Tiers Five Rivers chapters; Friends of the Upper Delaware; Izaak Walton League of America; National Wildlife Federation; New York State Trappers Association; Quality Deer Management Association; Pennsylvania Forest Coalition; Susquehanna County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs; and The Wildlife Society and its Pennsylvania Chapter. Collectively, the Sportsmen Alliance members represent over 265,000 sportsmen and women in the Marcellus Shale states.

Get involved and join the Sportsmen Alliance for Marcellus Conservation.