August 26, 2019

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Joins Over 25 Organizations in Support of FWS Nominee

Recently, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and 27 other organizations submitted a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in support of Aurelia Skipwith to serve as the next Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).

Last month, President Trump nominated Skipwith, who currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior, to serve as Director of the Service. In her current role, Skipwith is responsible for overseeing the stewardship of lands and waters within the national park and national wildlife refuge system. During her time at the Department of the Interior, she has prioritized public access for hunting and fishing by expanding access on National Wildlife Refuges, recognizing urban national wildlife refuges, among others.

Upon her nomination, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt stated “Aurelia is a leader within the department who has helped us execute our initiatives as outlined by President Trump,” adding “I look forward to her prompt confirmation, so she can continue her service to the American people.”

CSF urges the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to swiftly advance Skipwith’s nomination to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote.

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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