Recently, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and nearly 20 of the nation’s leading sporting conservation organizations sent a letter to members of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council in support of Resolution 20-D, which would allow conservation and restoration projects to be completed “out-of-the-spill-zone” of the 1989 oil spill.
According to the Resolution, Resolution 20-D would amend the 1994 Restoration Plan to “incorporate an ecosystem approach to the oil spill boundary,” thereby allowing the spending of Exxon Valdez oil spill habitat conservation funds to acquire the South Korean-owned 11,000 acres that remain unconserved in the Bering River coal field. Currently, projects are limited to only areas within the spill zone, unless a specific and limiting criteria is met.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation continues to work with our partners to ensure that restoration projects being conducted by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council benefit fish, wildlife, and 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?