On April 11, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) participated in a Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing, and Shooting Sports Roundtable (Roundtable) meeting to discuss a number of items including renewal of the Roundtable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and implementation of S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. Andy Treharne, CSF’s Senior Director of Western States/Federal Land Policy, serves as the Chair of the Roundtable.
The Roundtable MOU serves as a cooperative agreement among various federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to advance hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities on federal public lands. The MOU is in the renewal process, and currently consists of 42 signatories including CSF, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corps of Engineers.
S. 47 was signed into law by the President on March 12, and is in the early stages of implementation by the various land management agencies affected by the legislation. As the agencies work to implement the law, the Roundtable will serve as a resource to provide insight and recommendations on provisions that will impact America’s sportsmen and women.
CSF looks forward to working with the signatories of the MOU to fully implement S. 47 and to continue to advance hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities through the Roundtable.
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?