On October 29, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) Northeastern States Director, Brent Miller, was appointed to serve on the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC). NWSAC is a federal advisory committee that serves the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service through providing advice and guidance on their Wildlife Services (WS) program.
Through Miller’s appointment to the Committee, CSF now has a seat at a table comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders and has an additional opportunity to provide input to the Secretary of Agriculture on policy, needed resources, and impacts of decisions made by the WS program.
During his two year term, Miller will ensure that the sportsmen’s voice is heard on decisions related to agriculture, wildlife management, and animal welfare, among others.
Additionally, CSF is the only organization represented on the four federally chartered advisory councils dealing with hunting and recreational fishing – the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC), the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC), the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) FAC and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MFAC).
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?