Why it matters: The enactment of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in November represented one of the most significant commitments to fish and wildlife conservation and hunting, fishing, recreational shooting access in decades. While the enactment of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was a tremendous victory for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, it is critical that this legislation is implemented by the Biden-Harris Administration in a timely and strategic fashion.
On March 2, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and 50 hunting, fishing, and other conservation organizations sent a letter to the Biden-Harris Administration that included vital recommendations to implement the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act successfully and strategically.
For years, CSF advocated on behalf of the over 55 million American sportsmen and women to urge Congress to include robust investments in natural infrastructure to benefit fish and wildlife conservation, as well as hunting, fishing, trapping, and recreational shooting opportunities. As a result of these efforts, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included over $40 billion in authorized funding to finance some of the most critical conservation and access projects across the country.
With the enactment of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CSF is now keenly focused on implementing the legislation to ensure it meets the needs and projects that are most important to fish, wildlife, and sportsmen and women. In the letter, CSF and partners encouraged the Administration to focus on six key areas during the implementation process:
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation will continue to coordinate with the Biden-Harris Administration and our partners to help guide implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
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?