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WASHINGTON, DC — New legislation aimed at updating one of the nation’s foundational hunting and angling programs will strengthen wildlife management and conservation across the United States. The National Wildlife Federation urged Congress to swiftly enact the Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act.

“Ensuring a future where wildlife thrive depends not only upon our ability to restore habitat and confront threats like invasive species and disease, but equally upon our ability to engage more and diverse participants in our outdoor heritage,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “The National Wildlife Federation enthusiastically supports Representative Scott, Representative Veasey, Representative Duncan, and Representative Dingell’s bipartisan efforts to advance both of these critical conservation goals and urge swift passage of the Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act.”

The legislation, introduced by Congressman Austin Scott, Republican of Georgia, and colleagues, would support important programs to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters by allowing Pittman-Robertson hunter education funds to be used for hunter outreach and recruitment programs as well.

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Wiley X, Inc., a world leader in the research, development and marketing of protective eyewear and gloves for military, law enforcement, sport hunting and shooting, fishing and various extreme sports is teaming with NWF’s Vanishing Paradise to save coastal Louisiana’s wetlands.

Wiley X has been at the forefront of providing sunglasses for the toughest environments, including being a major supplier to military forces around the world. For the hunting and fishing industry, this level of quality and protection is critical to enjoying time on the water, hunting in the field and shooting on the range.

It comes as no surprise that Wiley X now invests in the resource anglers and hunters rely upon to recreate. Late this fall, Wiley X donated $10,000 to the Vanishing Paradise campaign – a program of the National Wildlife Federation. By doing so, WileyX is helping to protect the Louisiana wetlands and the bounty that sportsman’s paradise provides to thousands of anglers and hunters locally and across the nation.

“Wiley X has been in the wetlands of the Gulf for many years, developing its polarized Venice Gold lenses specifically for redfish anglers, and taking advice from

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Eric Cosby of Top Brass Tackle with monster bull redfish and Wiley X Venice Gold lenses. Photo by Lew Carpenter

those who’ve spent countless hours chasing big, bronze bulls of the marsh,” said Myles Freeman, co-owner of WileyX. “It is natural for us to support this Sportsman’s Paradise to ensure today’s anglers and future generations have the same opportunities we’ve had to fish these special waters.”

Coastal Louisiana is a sportsmen’s destination of forests, swamps, marshes, river channels, estuaries and islands that provide habitat for countless wildlife – including birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and multitudes of smaller organisms that support the food web of this region. Taken together, these habitats make up one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in North America.

Coastal Louisiana is a veritable frenzy of biological productivity:

• Millions of ducks and geese winter or stopover in coastal Louisiana every year – or 70 percent of the waterfowl that use the Mississippi and Central flyways.

• Louisiana is a “Sportsman’s Paradise,” with world-class salt- and freshwater fishing opportunities, including catfish, bass, speckled trout, redfish, tuna, mahi mahi, amberjack and more.

• Menhaden – a vital species in the marine food web, and the health of their population – is critical to maintaining healthy populations of many other fish species, among other ecosystem benefits. Not only are menhaden a key food source for sport fish species like striped bass, bluefish, red drum, king mackerel, and cobia, but nearly every predatory fish, mammal and bird eats them at some point in their life cycle. (ASA)

As the coast vanishes, species are losing the habitats they need to survive

Coastal Louisiana also feeds and fuels the nation with ports connecting the U.S. to the world. Investing in large-scale coastal restoration is a win-win: It protects people, wildlife and jobs, while growing the local economy and avoiding significant future costs to taxpayers.

This conservation work comes partially from a philosophy that opportunity and access for sportsmen, boaters, birdwatchers and other recreationalists relies on clean water and good habitat; robust bait fisheries like menhaden, which drive game fish production and capacity; and it gives back in ways that touch our communities and our food sources.

“We can’t think of a better place to invest our time, energy and funding than coastal wetland restoration,” said Freeman. “By supporting a healthy Gulf Coast, we support a robust sportfishing industry, wildlife, habitat and the sportsmen and women who spend their time in the wild pursuing their passion.”

6de786bb-dd5c-4e3a-83c5-f22578b901ab-1Vanishing Paradise was launched in 2009 by National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta by nationalizing the issue. The Vanishing Paradise team remains committed to restoring the Mississippi River Delta, and since the 2010 Gulf oil disaster, we have expanded our attention to advocate for restoration of other critical habitat along the Gulf Coast.

For more information, follow this link to Vanishing Paradise.

When you donate to Colorado Wildlife Federation you provide vital support to an effective, proven voice for wildlife in Colorado.

Here is the link to donate to CWF:

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We advocate effectively to safeguard utterly essential wildlife habitats on public lands in Colorado.  Wildlife must have a seat at the table during planning processes and projects by Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service on the millions of acres they manage here.  

We are also working hard on two pivotal pieces of federal legislation: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act to fund recovery species of greatest conservation need in Colorado and elsewhere, and Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization.

Did you know that Colorado’s population is projected to increase from the current 5.6 million to 8.5 million by 2050?

That means even more wildlife habitat – especially winter ranges – and migration corridors/movement routes will need our continued active, attentive, timely monitoring and firm advocacy.

We also sit on various advisory committees, we offer here in Colorado the nationally Becoming an Outdoor Woman program, and we weigh in on many issues that are before the  Parks and Wildlife Commission.

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With countless places to roam and enjoy the great outdoors, Americans are taking advantage of these opportunities, and as they go, spending significant dollars, too. New economic reports by Southwick Associates reveal that more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen, spending over $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more. 

South Park, Colorado. Photo by Lew Carpenter

A series of reports released yesterday by the American Sportfishing Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation show that expenditures made in 2016 for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages. These monies also generated nearly $20 billion in local, state and federal taxes. Much of this tax revenue benefits vital conservation and educational programs that improve our outdoor areas for all who enjoy them and make hunting and shooting safer activities.

“If hunting, fishing and target shooting were a corporation, it would rank #25 on the Fortune 500, ahead of Microsoft,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates. “While time spent outside may come across as something to do after the real work day is done, in reality hunting, fishing and target shooting is a critical industry, generating jobs and income for thousands of communities across the country.”

Key highlights of the reports include:



  • Each year, 35.8 million people 16 years and older take to America’s waters to fish.
  • More than 28 million people over 16 years old took to our nation’s forests and gun ranges to hunt and target shoot in 2016.
  • The number of people who participate in sportfishing, hunting and target shooting represents 16.5 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • When factoring in multiplier effects, spending by sportsmen created economic activity in excess of $220 billion.
  • Hunting, fishing and shooting adds $119 billion of overall value to our nation’s gross domestic product and generates $17.6 billion in federal taxes and $12.2 billion in state and local taxes.

Four separate reports are available: sportfishing from the American Sportfishing Association, hunting and target shooting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (please register as a guest when asked), plus a report for all activities combined from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

Southwick Associates is a market research and economics firm specializing in the hunting, shooting, sportfishing, and outdoor recreation markets. Celebrating 28 years in business, Southwick Associates has a strong reputation for delivering comprehensive insights and statistics to strategic decision making across the entire outdoor industry. Aside from custom market and economic information, Southwick Associates provides custom and syndicated research including customer-driven new product development, outdoor media consumption insights, and equipment purchase tracking studies. Visit www.southwickassociates.com for more information.

Colorado Wildlife Federation’s Becoming an Outdoors Women (BOW) has two events this summer for women interested in learning new outdoor skills.

BOW is a non-profit, educational program offering hands-on workshops to adult women. We encourage a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun. No experience is necessary and BOW is for women ages 18+ and all fitness levels. Please visit coloradobow.com for further details.

June 24, 2018 features a day at the range for women interested in shooting clay targets. Titled “Shotguns & Stilettos” includes lunch, raffles and door prizes. It is for novice and experienced shooters.

July 27-29, 2018 is the main event: The CWF Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend at CSU Mountain Campus (Pingree Park).

This weekend program is for you if…

—You have not tried some of these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn in a comfortable setting.

—You want to improve your skills.

—You enjoy the camaraderie of other women who are interested in this menu of courses and fun weekend.

Courses include wild edibles/medicinal plants; fly fishing and fly tying; birding; archery; stream and river ecology; wilderness navigation-map and compass; ropes course; firearm cleaning and safety; grilling and smoking guru; history of Pingree Park walk; canoeing; outdoor survival/backcountry first aid and more ….

Go to coloradobow.com for information and registration.

Conservationist to address affiliate leaders and NWF sportsmen’s caucus about Conservation Visions’ Wild Harvest Initiative

 

The National Wildlife Federation will host conservationist Shane Mahoney, President and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc., at its Annual Meeting in Reston, Virginia, on June 7, 2018. Mahoney will address a meeting of National Wildlife Federation state affiliate leaders, NWF Sportsmen’s Caucus members and NWF President & CEO Collin O’Mara.

“Since 1937, the National Wildlife Federation has been a major force in the conservation of America’s wildlife and I am delighted to have an opportunity to engage with NWF’s Sportsmen’s Caucus about the Wild Harvest Initiative,” said Mahoney.

“We are tremendously honored to host Shane Mahoney,” said Mike Leahy, senior manager of public lands and sportsmen’s policyfor the National Wildlife Federation. “Mr. Mahoney has an amazing ability to articulate the love for animals held by every hunter and his innovative Wild Harvest Initiative is communicating an important value to our beloved wildlife, both in their conservation and sustainable use.”

Shane Mahoney is the President and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc. A Newfoundland native, he holds both an Honors and a Masters of Science degree in Zoology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mahoney has over 30 years of experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator and strategic advisor; but also as a filmmaker, writer, narrator, TV and radio personality, and lecturer – all within the scope of the greater conservation world, encompassing both the scientific and professional wildlife communities, as well as NGOs and the hunting and non-hunting public. Conservation Visions Inc. is a global wildlife initiative. It’s a private company focused on providing a broad scope of comprehensive services to stakeholders in the international conservation community, including industry leaders, governments and NGOs. Services range from creating scientific research solutions to offering policy advice to generating public communications. Its Wild Harvest Initiative is the first complete assessment of the significance of hunting and angling to modern society, economically, socially, and ecologically.

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, representing 51 state and territorial affiliates and more than 6 million members and supporters. Its mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrives in a rapidly changing world. The NWF Annual Meeting is its yearly gathering of state affiliate leaders, partners, board members and staff to set the organization’s conservation policies. The 2018 NWF Annual Meeting will be held in Reston, Virginia, from June 6-10.

To learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s work with sportsmen and women across the country, visit www.nwf.org/sportsmen.

Udall, Heinrich Join Conservation Leaders To Celebrate New Public Access To Sabinoso Wilderness, Call For Reauthorization Of Land And Water Conservation Fund

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U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich May 29, 2018 joined the National Wildlife Federation, Wilderness Land Trust, Partnership for Responsible Business, Santa Ana Pueblo, and a number of other local conservation leaders and organizations to announce major gains towards improving access to public lands in New Mexico, including opening the Sabinoso Wilderness to the public, and the many successes of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The event was held at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center in Albuquerque.

“Public lands like the Sabinoso Wilderness are essential to New Mexico’s way of life and are major economic drivers for our state. Unlocking Sabinoso’s rugged canyons and mesas to the public, for hiking, camping, horseback riding, and hunting, was a major victory for all New Mexicans. We showed that we can expand access to our public lands when we work together toward a common goal,” said Sen. Udall. “But we need to continue pushing back against the ongoing assault on our public lands coming from some in Washington. It starts with protecting the Land and Water Conservation Fund, an immensely popular and successful program which has provided funds to nearly every county in America to conserve public open space. The LWCF accomplishes so much with so little – protecting national monuments, national forests, wildlife refuges, lakes and rivers, state and local parks, and historic sites. As the top Democrat on the subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of Interior, I will keep fighting to see that the LWCF is made permanent to support public lands in New Mexico and across the country for future generations.”

“The opening of the Sabinoso Wilderness is a major victory and will finally allow public access to this stunning landscape that we all own. I am proud to have worked hard for years alongside New Mexico sportsmen, wilderness advocates, and local community leaders to find a way to unlock this incredible place to the public. The Sabinoso will surely become an important destination for hunters, hikers and campers from nearby communities and around the nation, and contribute to our outdoor recreation economy,” said Sen. Heinrich. “I will continue working to protect and improve access to the places that we love here in New Mexico and fight for the permanent and full funding of conservation programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund that are critical to preserving our outdoor heritage for our children and future generations.”

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful conservation programs. Senators Udall and Heinrich have long advocated for the permanent reauthorization and full funding of LWCF. This vital program expires on September 30, 2018.

“Among the National Wildlife Federation’s top priorities are restoring America’s wildlife populations, conserving public lands, and ensuring that Americans have access to them, whether for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, paddling or watching wildlife. We’re proud of the incredible work by New Mexicans to open the Sabinoso Wilderness to public access and our celebration today is a testament to the efforts of Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and sportsmen in partnership with Secretary Zinke and the Interior Department and conservation organizations, like the Wilderness Land Trust and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. America’s public lands belong to all of us and we must all continue to work together to protect and enhance our public lands legacy, including reauthorizing and fully funding one of our most important conservation programs–the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

“LWCF is essential to our country’s outdoor spaces—from neighborhood parks to national parks,” said Diane Regas, CEO of The Trust for Public Land. “Without it our work in New Mexico would be impossible and the future of parks and open space would be uncertain. Both Senators Udall and Heinrich set a high standard for what it means to be a leader in conservation and The Trust for Public Land is profoundly grateful for their hard work and commitment to the outdoors.”

“We’ve been working on creating access to the Sabinoso Wilderness since it was proposed for designation in 2009,” said Brad Borst, President of The Wilderness Land Trust. “We are deeply grateful to the Wyss Foundation for funding the acquisition and transfer of the heart of the Rimrock Rose Ranch to the Bureau of Land Management; to US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico for their leadership and perseverance; for the support of the San Miguel County Commissioners; for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance volunteers for helping with site cleanup; and for the sportsmen groups who publicly advocated for this New Mexico treasure.”

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a crucial program for New Mexico’s public lands, state parks, and restoration projects,” said New Mexico Wildlife Federation Acting Executive Director Todd Leahy. “We are pleased to come together with our Senators who have long been champions of LWCF as well as public lands access, and our partners who have worked side by side for conservation projects over the years. We hope this event brings the importance of LWCF to the forefront of New Mexican’s minds and inspire our entire New Mexico delegation to support permanently reauthorizing LWCF.”

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided over $312 million to projects in New Mexico that have leveraged millions more in state, local, and private matching funds to contribute to the betterment of our state and well-being of our citizens. These investments also help sustain a network of parks and public lands that attract entrepreneurs, retirees, and tourists who strengthen our economy. Our state will suffer if the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires. Congress must not let that happen,” said Alexandra Merlino, Executive Director, New Mexico Partnership for Responsible Business.

“Latinos and all Americans in every state have benefitted from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, whether they know it or not. If you have visited a state park or played softball in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance those places in New Mexico were, in part, funded by the LWCF to the tune of over $310 million during the program’s lifetime,”said Ralph Arellanes, New Mexico LULAC Executive Director and Hispano Round Table of New Mexico Chairman.

“To grow up healthy, kids need a clean, beautiful, and accessible outdoors where they can play and discover the amazing world around them. Fortunately, New Mexico has numerous spectacular outdoor areas that have been protected thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is set to expire this September. We can’t let that happen. In the bipartisan spirit that has characterized the LWCF since its inception, Congress must come together to reauthorize and fully fund this great provider of public lands access and enjoyment,” said James Jimenez, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children.

“Growing up on New Mexico’s public lands, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is personal to me. As a Sportsman, I’ve seen firsthand how important LWCF is to increasing sportsmen’s access and improving wildlife habitat. If you’ve ever caught a Cutthroat trout in the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic river area, hunted in the Valles Caldera or the Gila, hiked in the Organ Mountains or seen bighorn sheep on the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument you are a beneficiary of LWCF,” said Rev. Andrew Black, Pastor at First Presbyterian Church Santa Fe. “Working with veterans, youth and families throughout the state, I’ve also seen firsthand how the lands funded by LWCF are places of great healing, wholeness and transformation.”

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