The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) announced the addition of the bipartisan Rhode Island Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus – Co-Chaired by Senators Frank Lombardo and Gordon Rogers – to the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC).
The Caucus will serve as the voice for sportsmen and women in the Ocean State, which is home to 179,000 hunters and anglers who contribute $154 million annually to the state’s economy.
“CSF is pleased to add the newly formed Rhode Island Sportsmen’s Caucus to the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses – a network of pro-sportsmen legislators,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “We look forward to working closely with the Caucus’s bipartisan leadership on ensuring public access for hunters and anglers throughout the state.”
“Rhode Island’s hunters and anglers purchase approximately 70,000 licenses each year, and they generate more than $235 million for our state’s economy,” said Sen. Lombardo. “I look forward to working with the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses to advance Rhode Island’s rich hunting and angling traditions.”
Staffed through CSF, and guided by a bipartisan Executive Council of state legislators, NASC facilitates communication between sportsmen’s caucuses across the country, and plays a critical role in protecting and advancing the interests of sportsmen and women at the state level. This national network creates valuable educational opportunities for state legislators to receive input from the sportsmen’s community and related stakeholders on policies affecting hunting, angling, recreational shooting, trapping, and other conservation issues.
With the addition of Rhode Island, the NASC network now includes legislative sportsmen’s caucuses in 49 states, with a combined membership of over 2,000 legislators. Since its creation in 2004, NASC has more than doubled in size and has become an effective and recognized group of bipartisan pro-sportsmen legislators across the nation.
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