This week, representatives from organizations within the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), a collaboration of 45 of the nation’s leading conservation organizations including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, will meet at Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks, New York, to discuss priorities for wildlife conservation.
Issues on the agenda will include: securing permanent dedicated funding for wildlife conservation projects, improving public lands for wildlife as well as public access for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation, encouraging cooperation between federal and state wildlife management agencies, and incentivizing habitat conservation and public access on private lands, among other important policies.
Each topic, which includes policy recommendations for the upcoming Administration, was developed in coordination between AWCP partners, and ensures professional, science-based wildlife management in the future. These recommendations are presented in the recently released report, “Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume 5.”
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?