July 20, 2017

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Holds Hearing on Wildlife Bill

On July 19, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) held a hearing on S.1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (HELP for Wildlife Act).  In late June, Senate EPW Committee Chairman and Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member John Barrasso (WY) introduced S.1514 to reauthorize pro-sportsmen conservation programs and to provide regulatory clarity for sportsmen and women.

Last week, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane submitted written testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in strong support of the HELP for Wildlife Act. His testimony stated, “This legislation is also good for the American economy, and especially good for rural communities that surround our treasured public lands and waters. This legislation helps ensure that America’s sporting and wildlife heritage will remain available to generations of hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy.”

This bipartisan legislation would increase public access for sportsmen and women, improve fish and wildlife habitat, and reauthorize funding for fish and wildlife conservation programs.

In anticipation of a markup for the HELP for Wildlife Act, contact your Senators on the EPW Committee and urge them to support to 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?

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