August 19, 2019

American Wildlife Conservation Partners Convene to Discuss Federal Policy Priorities

On August 13, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) joined other groups from the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) at Missouri’s Big Cedar Lodge for their annual summer meeting to discuss federal policy recommendations for the upcoming edition of Wildlife for the 21st Century.

AWCP is a coalition of 50 national wildlife conservation groups that collaborate on national policy issues for the betterment of professional wildlife and natural resource management as well as outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. In addition to regularly working with Members of Congress, federal agencies, and the administration, the group publishes a set of recommendations supported by all member groups that addresses pressing issues within the conservation community for the next administration to prioritize.

The current version (Volume 5) covers recommendations for securing dedicated funding for wildlife conservation, improving public access to public lands for outdoor recreation, balancing development and natural resource use with wildlife and habitat conservation, incentivizing wildlife conservation and access on private lands, increasing active management and reducing litigation, and improving cooperation between non-governmental organizations and state and federal agencies.

The new Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume 6 report is scheduled for release in 2020.

During the administrative portion of the meeting, California Waterfowl Association was voted in as AWCP’s newest group member and CSF’s Senior Director of Federal Policy, Andy Treharne, was selected to serve on the AWCP Steering Committee

In addition to a robust meeting agenda, Bass Pro Shops’ Founder/CEO Johnny Morris invited the group to Top of the Rock – a scenic overlook of the Ozark Mountains at Big Cedar Lodge – and commended their efforts to advance conservation and the interests of sportsmen and women. Other notable attendees included Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sara Pauley and U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (MO) who addressed the group during dinner.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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