March 19, 2015

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Appointed to Migratory Bird Conservation Commission

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member Congressman Mike Thompson (CA), was recently appointed to the Migratory Bird Convention Commission by CSC Member and Speaker of the House, Congressman John Boehner (OH). Replacing former CSC Member, the Honorable John Dingell (MI), Rep. Thompson joins CSC Co-Chair Congressman Rob Wittman (VA) and CSC Member Senator Thad Cochran (MS).

Established in 1929 along with the Migratory Bird Conservation Act, it authorizes and approves areas of land and water recommended by the Secretary of Interior for purchase or rental by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, the Commission considers the establishment of new waterfowl refuges.
Rep. Thompson, an active CSC Member and avid sportsman, cosponsored the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and has a robust knowledge about wetlands conservation and waterfowl hunting. Click here to view his Sportsmen’s Profile.

“It is a tremendous honor to be appointed to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, and to the first member in the commission’s history from the Pacific Flyway,” said Rep. Thompson. “As a longtime waterfowler and conservationist I am proud to be part of this Commission, and to have the opportunity to work on protecting our great wetlands and diverse wildlife.”

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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