On July 11, the newly established Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC) met with Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Department of Interior in Washington, DC, for its first meeting.
The HSSCC is a federal advisory council that reports directly to the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture providing recommendations for policies and regulations benefitting the sportsmen’s community. To kick off the initial meeting, the Council elected Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane as its Chairman.
“I am honored to be elected as Chairman of this new Federal Advisory Committee and look to play an active role in advancing policies that benefit America’s sportsmen and women,” said Crane. “I plan to drive an aggressive agenda in keeping with Secretary Zinke’s request to provide recommendations for specific goals during this administration.”
The meeting included discussion covering a wide range of issues: wildlife and habitat conservation, increasing access to hunting and the shooting sports on public and private lands, increasing public awareness about the importance and benefits of hunting; recreational shooting; and many other issues concerning America’s sportsmen and women
The Council includes 18 leaders from the hunting conservation community as well as 11 alternate members, appointed in May.
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