This week, representatives from organizations within the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), a collaboration of 45 of the nation's leading conservation organizations including the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, will meet at Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks, New York, to discuss priorities for wildlife conservation.
Issues on the agenda will include: securing permanent dedicated funding for wildlife conservation projects, improving public lands for wildlife as well as public access for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation, encouraging cooperation between federal and state wildlife management agencies, and incentivizing habitat conservation and public access on private lands, among other important policies.
Each topic, which includes policy recommendations for the upcoming Administration, was developed in coordination between AWCP partners, and ensures professional, science-based wildlife management in the future. These recommendations are presented in the recently released report, "Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume 5."
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- Facilitating voter registration at the time of hunting/fishing license purchase (9.84%)
- Addressing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer populations (13.11%)
- Increasing public access to private lands (24.04%)
- Granting more fish and wildlife management authority to the states (32.79%)
- Other (20.22%)