Recently, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane was re-appointed by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to serve on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC). Crane, who has served on the Council since it was first established in 2010, joins 17 other conservation leaders to advise the Departments on wildlife conservation and hunting-related issues.
Established under the Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) Act, the WHHCC provides recommendations on a range of issues related to wildlife and habitat conservation, promotes access and opportunities for hunting, and encourages partnerships among the public, sportsmen’s conservation organizations, Native American tribes, and the federal government.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve on the Council again,” said Crane. “I am looking forward to working in collaboration with leaders of the hunting conservation community to enhance our outdoor traditions across the country.”
Joining Crane on the WHHCC, are: Whit Fosburgh (Theodore Roosevelt Partnership), Wayne Hubbard (Urban American Outdoors), Winifred Kessler (The Wildlife Society), Robert Manes (The Nature Conservancy), Frederick Maulson (Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission), Robert Model (Boone and Crockett Club), Miles Moretti (Mule Deer Foundation) Collin O’Mara (National Wildlife Federation), Joanna Prukop (former New Mexico Secretary of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources), Stephen Sanetti (National Shooting Sports Foundation), Land Tawney (Backcountry Hunters & Anglers), Christine Thomas (College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin), George Thorton (National Wildlife Turkey Federation), John Tomke (Ducks Unlimited), Howard Vincent (Pheasants Forever), Larry Voyles (Arizona Department of Fish and Game), and Steve Williams (Wildlife Management Institute).
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?