On May 16, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and other senior Department of the Interior (DOI) officials hosted a select group of hunting, fishing, and other wildlife conservation leaders to discuss their proposed reorganization of the department and other conservation priorities. Additionally, the implementation of Secretarial Order 3362, which seeks to improve western big game winter range and migration corridors within 11 Western States, was also discussed.
Among the meeting attendees were Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane, along CSF Board Members Simon Roosevelt (Olimpia Fund Management) and Phil Morlock (Shimano American Corporation).
“CSF is thankful for the leadership and commitment of Secretary Zinke and the Interior Department to America’s sportsmen and women. We look forward to working with sportsmen’s community partners and the Department on further implementation of Secretarial Order 3362,” said Crane.
Later in the day, DOI hosted a meeting with Casey Stemler, who was recently appointed as the Senior Adviser to the Director for Western States. In his role, Stemler will work to strengthen collaboration between DOI and western state fish and wildlife agencies to improve the habitat and populations of western big game species. During this meeting, Stemler discussed his vision to work in partnership with state fish and wildlife agencies, private land owners, and sportsmen’s conservation groups to successfully implement Secretarial Order 3362.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.84%)
- 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). (11.84%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.08%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (12.24%)