Recently, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Vice President Gary Kania was appointed by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to serve on the International Wildlife Conservation Council (IWCC) to serve a three-year term. Established by the Department of the Interior under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the IWCC will provide recommendations to Secretary Zinke on the benefits of international hunting. Specifically, the IWCC will advise the Secretary on issues including international wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking programs, and other important issues that impact the benefits of international hunting.
Kania, who has previously served on the Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council and the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Federal Advisory Committees (FACs), joins other leaders from the sportsmen’s conservation community to serve on the IWCC.
Kania has held a number of positions within the wildlife conservation community. He received his B.S. from the University of Maine in wildlife management and Master of Science degrees in biology and environmental education. He is also recognized as a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society.
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?