On March 26, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the appointment of members on the newly formed Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, which includes several Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) partners and supporters.
CSF Board of Directors Member Phil Morlock (Shimano North American Holdings) and Honorary Board Member Brad Franklin (Yamaha Motor Corporation), as well as CSF partners Johnny Morris (Bass Pro Shops) and Amanda Covington (Vista Outdoor) were appointed to serve on the Committee along with 11 other leaders from the outdoor recreation industry.
“America’s public waterways, mountains, grasslands, and forests provide millions of acres for all of us to enjoy, offering diverse outdoor pursuits and the opportunity to rekindle our individual passions. Improving the infrastructure and expanding access to these great resources will ensure continued enjoyment for countless generations to come. I am enthusiastic about the Secretary of the Interior’s goals and I am deeply honored to be part of this important advisory committee,” said Franklin.
“Someone once described our national parks as ‘the best idea America ever had’. The opportunity to advise the Secretary about developing progressive partnerships to encourage more people to enjoy public lands, waters and to restore and improve infrastructure is a very worthwhile initiative. I’m honored to be named to participate,” said Morlock.
The Committee’s role is to advise the Secretary on developing public-private partnerships across public lands and expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways. The Committee will also provide recommendations for implementing efficient and convenient fee collection and strategic use of fees as well as improvements to technology.
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?