Last Week, the Department of the Interior announced the newly appointed members of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council that was established in early January.

The group will provide the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture with advice on incorporating wildlife and habitat conservation in existing and proposed policies.

For the full list of members including representatives from like-minded organizations such as Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and Mule Deer Foundation, click here.

Recommendations from the Council to the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture shall include, but not be limited to policies and programs that:

  • Conserve and restore wetlands, agricultural lands, grasslands, forests and rangeland habitats;
  • Promote opportunities and expand access to hunting and shooting sports on public and private lands;
  • Encourages hunting and shooting safety by developing ranges on public lands;
  • Recruit and retain new shooters and hunters;
  • Increase public awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and the social and economic benefits of hunting and shooting;
  • Encourage coordination among the public, hunting and shooting sports community, wildlife conservation groups, state, tribal, territorial, and federal government.

Source: Department of the Interior