On September 4, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and 34 other organizations submitted a letter to Congress in support of a number of top conservation priorities.
The letter, which was sent to the leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the House Natural Resources Committee, highlighted the following priorities:
- Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647)
- Restore Our Parks Act (H.R. 1225/S. 500)
- Land and Water Conservation Fund (H.R. 3195/S. 1081)
- North American Wetlands Conservation Act (H.R. 925/S. 261)
- Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s (H.R. 877/S. 2092)
The letter urged Congress to prioritize and enact these critical conservation programs. CSF has been instrumental in working with leaders and members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to either introduce or cosponsor these pieces of legislation. Each of these bills maintain strong bipartisan support and are long standing priorities of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.
All of these bills are currently awaiting action at the Committee level.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (12.80%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (10.40%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (61.60%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (15.20%)