Beginning in 2018, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Federal Land Policy Director Andy Treharne will serve as Chairman of the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable.
The role of the Roundtable is outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that includes signatories of numerous sportsmen’s groups and federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The MOU states that the Roundtable is to “develop and expand a framework of cooperation among the Parties at the national, regional, and local levels for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects and activities related to hunting, fishing, and shooting sports conducted on federal lands.”
Treharne will replace National Rifle Association’s Susan Recce, who recently stepped down as Chair after 18 years. Throughout her tenure, Recce led collective engagement on a variety of issues impacting the sportsmen’s community including the submission of comments on access concerns and the facilitation of volunteer stewardship efforts on federal land. In addition, she led efforts to coordinate the work of the Roundtable with Federal Advisory Committees including the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and its predecessor, the Sporting Conservation Council.
Treharne has led policy efforts in the Western region including federal land policy for CSF’s States Program Team since 2011. “CSF looks forward to continuing the work of the Roundtable in partnership with federal agencies whose work is critical to ensuring that we continue to have places to hunt, fish and shoot on federal land,” said Treharne. “We share many common goals and the Roundtable MOU provides the foundation for engaging in a meaningful dialogue that I’m confident will result in positive outcomes for America’s sportsmen and women.”
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?