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Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Members Support Blue Ribbon Panel Wildlife Funding Recommendations
April 21, 2016 (Washington, DC) - Representatives from the conservation community joined Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Members on Capitol Hill for a briefing yesterday to discuss recommendations released by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources. The briefing was hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).

The Blue Ribbon Panel's recent recommendations call for an additional funding approach that will help ensure all fish and wildlife are conserved in the future. Specifically this proposal requests that Congress dedicate $1.3 billion annually in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program. These funds would provide states with resources needed to implement State Wildlife Action Plans designed to conserve 12,000 at-risk species.

CSF President and Blue Ribbon Panel member Jeff Crane welcomed attendees to the briefing and spoke on behalf of the sportsmen's community. "America's hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and boaters have been the primary funders of state-based conservation efforts to this day," said Crane. "This recommendation simply uses funding for conservation from other sectors that use our natural resources."

"We need to have a modern wildlife conservation policy for the 21st century. It recognizes and empowers the states because they are on the front lines of conservation for our nation's wildlife," said CSC Member Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI)."It's critical that we provide resources to them so they can prevent wildlife from becoming endangered."

"[States] provide the road map for what we need to do," said Dave Chanda, Director of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and President of AFWA. "The problem is that we have very limited resources and only been able to address a small fraction of the wildlife [conservation needs] contained in the Wildlife Action Plans. We now have the opportunity to take that next step and manage [more] species."

Collin O'Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, and Blue Ribbon Panel member, explained that this investment is the third piece of the wildlife conservation puzzle, in addition to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs."We can do the same thing for the rest of the species in a way that is fiscally conservative, that empowers the states, that has less federal involvement, and in a way that leads to the next legacy," said O'Mara.

The Blue Ribbon Panel is co-chaired by former Wyoming Governor David Freudenthal and founder of Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris, and includes representatives from the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, other sportsmen's groups, and fish and wildlife agencies.


Since 1989, CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America's hunters and anglers.



Working with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting,
angling, recreational shooting and trapping.


For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation go to or contact Sara Leonard at 202.543.6850 x 11 or email


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