- On Friday, the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President and CEO Jeff Crane to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council (HWCC).
- CSF appreciates the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture for standing up this important Federal Advisory Committee.
- The HWCC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports directly to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on issues to support and promote hunting, recreational shooting, and wildlife conservation.
- Notably, Jeff Crane is the only individual who has been appointed to every single hunting-conservation and shooting sports Federal Advisory Committee since it was originally created under President George W. Bush nearly 20 years ago.
Why It Matters: The Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council is a unique opportunity for leaders in the sporting-conservation community to provide recommendations and advice directly to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on issues that are most important to the outdoor sporting community. As a member of the HWCC, Crane will be in position to work directly with the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to support and advance wildlife conservation, access for sportsmen and women, and promote our hunting and recreational shooting traditions.
On Friday, September 23, the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of CSF President and CEO Jeff Crane to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, a Federal Advisory Committee dedicated to supporting the interests of America’s hunters and recreational shooters.
As a testament to the unique bipartisan reach of CSF, Crane is the only individual who has served on every single version of the HWCC since it was first established under President George W. Bush nearly two decades ago – demonstrating CSF’s unmatched bipartisan reach. Most recently, Crane served as the Chair of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council for the entirety of the Council’s existence from 2018 – 2021. During his time as Chair, Crane spearheaded an aggressive agenda that resulted in over 30 recommendations to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on issues of critical importance to sportsmen and women.
The Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council builds off previous versions of similar Federal Advisory Committees that worked to advance the interests of America’s sportsmen and women. Previous versions of the HWCC have addressed issues related to wildlife disease, closures of federal land to hunting and recreational shooting, federal land management planning decisions, among other issues of importance to sportsmen and women.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation extends our thanks to the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture for standing up the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, a critically important opportunity for sportsmen and women. CSF looks forward to working with the HWCC as a member.
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