U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2013 when she joined the U.S. Senate, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Caucus.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Heitkamp has long been committed to expanding hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities in her state and beyond. In the U.S. Senate, Heitkamp helped introduce and continues to push for the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, a package of legislative provisions aimed at enabling hunters and anglers to do what they enjoy most while removing unnecessary regulations and protecting natural habitats and resources into the future. Heitkamp has been a strong voice in Congress for sportsmen and women, and has been a leader in building support for efforts to preserve this way of life for millions of Americans.
“Across this country, and especially in North Dakota, hunting and fishing are a way of life,” said Heitkamp. “When your state has as many wide open spaces as North Dakota, you understand how legislation like the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act can help us take care of our natural resources for years to come. As a leader in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I’m committed to protecting and expanding opportunities for hunters and anglers in North Dakota and beyond.”
In the 2014 Farm Bill, Heitkamp helped push to include a new, more strategic approach to voluntary conservation efforts through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Through the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) coordinates and provides resources to help farmers restore or sustain natural resources, including supporting clean water, productive soil, and enhanced wildlife and pollinator habitats.
Senator Heitkamp surveying wetlands critical for migratory waterfowl near Cleveland, North Dakota
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