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More than thirty sportsmen organizations sent a letter to the RNC and DNC encouraging them to support America’s public lands 

WASHINGTON, DC – More than thirty national and state-level sportsmen organizations, representing millions of hunters and anglers, sent the following letters to the Republican and Democratic Platform Committees encouraging them to support America’s public lands:
 
July 11, 2016

310 First Street SE

Washington, D.C 20003

Honorable Reince Priebus

Chairperson, Republican National Committee

Republican National Committee

Dear Mr. Priebus: 

Our organizations collectively represent millions of hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Our members, and tens of millions of other Americans, depend on our national forests, parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands to provide fish and wildlife habitat and access to places to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. The iconic landscapes of America’s public lands also sustain our economy by supporting an outdoor recreation industry that generates $646 billion in economic benefit annually and supports 6.1 million jobs—and attracting tourists from around the nation.

Our national tapestry of public lands is the product of more than a century of leadership by both Republicans and Democrats. Several of the world’s first national forests, monuments and wildlife refuges were set aside by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt expanded our National Wildlife Refuge System and National Park System and put millions of Americans to work during the Great Depression restoring and maintaining public lands. Over the years, presidents of both parties worked with bipartisan leaders in Congress to craft the laws that govern the activities of the U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Wilderness Preservation System, and the Bureau of Land Management.

America’s public lands provide important value for all Americans, whether they live in rural or urban areas. These benefits include improving air and water quality, sustaining local water supplies, producing timber, providing grass for grazing, bolstering local tourism economies, enhancing agricultural production through pollination, and supporting a range wildlife and biodiversity.   

America’s hunters and anglers have a special interest in our public lands. Some of our most treasured big game animals depend on the secure habitat and migration corridors that are provided by public land. Many sportfish species depend on cool, clean waters that originate on public lands. Federal public lands also provide free access for tens of millions of Americans to hunt and fish every year. These lands sustain our hunting and fishing heritage and fill our freezers. While all of America owns these lands, their wise stewardship is of particularly vital concern to us.

Managing hundreds of millions of acres of federal land for the public benefit requires a careful balancing of many different uses. It is also essential to ensure that current activities do not impair the ability of future generations to benefit from our public lands. There are no easy answers, but the value of public lands to the American people makes finding common-sense solutions worth the effort.

Your 2016 party platform presents an opportunity to explain to the American people how you will satisfy competing interests and protect our public lands for future generations. Healthy debate about how to manage federal lands is an important part of the democratic process. Your platform can advance that democratic debate by explaining how your party proposes to sustainably develop natural resources, protect wildlife habitat, ensure public access, and maintain our public land heritage for future generations.

At the same time, we do not believe it would be constructive to include broad directives to transfer federal lands to state or local control, sell federal lands to private interests, or otherwise liquidate the national interest in federal land management. These kinds of directives do a disservice to the American people and especially to America’s hunters and anglers. These proposals do not advance the goal of finding meaningful ways to balance competing interests and preserve our national public land heritage for future generations.

Thank you for your commitment to the sound management and conservation of our public lands, which provide so much benefit to all Americans. If you would like to discuss this with us, please contact Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, at collin@nwf.org, 703-438-6046.

Sincerely, 

The National Wildlife Federation
Boone and Crockett Club
Dallas Safari Club
Ducks Unlimited
National Wild Turkey Federation
Pheasants Forever
Quail Forever
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Trout Unlimited
Wild Sheep Foundation
Wildlife Management Institute
Alabama Wildlife Federation
Arizona Wildlife Federation
Association of Northwest Steelheaders
Colorado Wildlife Federation
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Florida Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation
Idaho Wildlife Federation
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Kansas Wildlife Federation
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Montana Wildlife Federation
Nevada Wildlife Federation 
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
North Dakota Wildlife Federation
South Carolina Wildlife Federation
South Dakota Wildlife Federation
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Wyoming Wildlife Federation

July 11, 2016

Graeme Crews

1900 Market St, Suite 300

Philadelphia, PA 19103

gcrews@demconvention.com

Honorable Shirley Franklin

Co-Chair, Democratic National Convention Platform Committee

Democratic National Convention Committee

Honorable Dannel Malloy

Co-Chair, Democratic National Convention Platform Committee

Democratic National Convention Committee

Dear Mrs. Franklin and Governor Malloy: 

Our organizations collectively represent millions of hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Our members, and tens of millions of other Americans, depend on our national forests, parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands to provide fish and wildlife habitat and access to places to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. The iconic landscapes of America’s public lands also sustain our economy by supporting an outdoor recreation industry that generates $646 billion in economic benefit annually and supports 6.1 million jobs—and attracting tourists from around the nation.

Our national tapestry of public lands is the product of more than a century of leadership by both Republicans and Democrats. Several of the world’s first national forests, monuments and wildlife refuges were set aside by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt expanded our National Wildlife Refuge System and National Park System and put millions of Americans to work during the Great Depression restoring and maintaining public lands. Over the years, presidents of both parties worked with bipartisan leaders in Congress to craft the laws that govern the activities of the U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Wilderness Preservation System, and the Bureau of Land Management.

America’s public lands provide important value for all Americans, whether they live in rural or urban areas. These benefits include improving air and water quality, sustaining local water supplies, producing timber, providing grass for grazing, bolstering local tourism economies, enhancing agricultural production through pollination, and supporting a range wildlife and biodiversity.   

America’s hunters and anglers have a special interest in our public lands. Some of our most treasured big game animals depend on the security habitat and migration corridors that are provided by public land. Many sportfish species depend on cool, clean waters that originate on public lands. Federal public lands also provide free access for tens of millions of Americans to hunt and fish every year. These lands sustain our hunting and fishing heritage and fill our freezers. While all of America owns these lands, their wise stewardship is of particularly vital concern to us.

Managing hundreds of millions of acres of federal land for the public benefit requires a careful balancing of many different uses. It is also essential to ensure that current activities do not impair the ability of future generations to benefit from our public lands. There are no easy answers, but the value of public lands to the American people makes finding common-sense solutions worth the effort.

Your 2016 party platform presents an opportunity to explain to the American people how you will satisfy competing interests and protect our public lands for future generations. Healthy debate about how to manage federal lands is an important part of the democratic process. Your platform can advance that democratic debate by explaining how your party proposes to sustainably develop natural resources, protect wildlife habitat, ensure public access, and maintain our public land heritage for future generations.

At the same time, we do not believe it would be constructive to include broad directives to transfer federal lands to state or local control, sell federal lands to private interests, or otherwise liquidate the national interest in federal land management. These kinds of directives do a disservice to the American people and especially to America’s hunters and anglers. These proposals do not advance the goal of finding meaningful ways to balance competing interests and preserve our national public land heritage for future generations.

Thank you for your commitment to the sound management and conservation of our public lands, which provide so much benefit to all Americans. If you would like to discuss this with us, please contact Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, at collin@nwf.org, 703-438-6046.

Sincerely, 

The National Wildlife Federation
Boone and Crockett Club
Dallas Safari Club
Ducks Unlimited
National Wild Turkey Federation
Pheasants Forever
Quail Forever
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Trout Unlimited 
Wild Sheep Foundation
Wildlife Management Institute
Alabama Wildlife Federation
Arizona Wildlife Federation
Association of Northwest Steelheaders
Colorado Wildlife Federation
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Florida Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation
Idaho Wildlife Federation
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Kansas Wildlife Federation
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Montana Wildlife Federation
Nevada Wildlife Federation 
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
North Dakota Wildlife Federation
South Carolina Wildlife Federation
South Dakota Wildlife Federation
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Wyoming Wildlife Federation
Please note: the National Wildlife Federation and the co-signers of these letters do not participate in political campaigns, nor do we endorse, support or oppose any political party or any candidates for elected offices.

Following nearly two decades fishing with 60-70 of my closest friends in the Louisiana wetlands chasing redfish during Marsh Madness, I’ve seen plenty of gear come and go.

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From left, Eric Cosby, Top Brass; Lew Carpenter, Vanishing Paradise; Artie Cosby, Top Brass. Photo by Matt Vincent

Marsh Madness attracts many industry manufacturers, outdoor writers and top anglers. Sponsors often bring gear to get in-the-field reviews. And, while it doesn’t always work out – some readers will recall our batch of rods and reels (brand shall remain nameless here) that literally snapped and blew up (respectively) with the force of those powerful fish – some products have not only stood the test of time, but been enhanced by the experience.

 

WileyX has always been the go-to sunglasses for this group. And the company has always been smart about the time spent at Marsh Madness. Case in point: the Venice Gold lens. Designed and rigorously tested in the marshes and offshore reaches out of Venice, Louisiana.

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Matt Vincent, the High Plains Drifter. Photo by Lew Carpenter

“It’s not often you get to build a product with the kind of diverse conditions and and expert angler input that we have enjoyed here,” said Ray Hill, WileyX’s director of corporate accounts and outdoor sales. Hill has been in the field continuously making sure his sunglasses are the best in class. He listens, he watches, he catches….

 

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Artie Cosby, Top Brass. Photo by Lew Carpenter

My personal story with WileyX is one of pain and enlightenment. The pain comes from my stubbornness in a past career as an outdoor editor – clinging to a path of least resistance. My eyeball sockets suffered for years while enduring 60mph runs from the Venice Marina to the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River. While I would often change out a pair of non-prescription, climate-controlled WileyX glasses for the run, I would then suffer the impact of changing back, feeling the ever-present squint I hadn’t noticed and enduring a fatigue from which I just knew my companions were free. Comfort can’t be denied on the water – blazing sun, brutal side wind and….where’s the fish!

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Eric Cosby, Top Brass. Photo by Lew Carpenter

Clearly most important: “Can you see the cut? He’s flying, right there. Right there.” And I saw it a hundred times – The WileyX anglers are watching every detail of the bull’s movement, and the others are lost, firing spinnerbaits at ghosts.

So. Venice Gold. Years of development. Proven results. I’ve been in the fold for more than a year with my own progressives, and can’t imagine fishing any other way. From offshore and wetlands to the high desert of Oregon and all opportunities in between. Here’s a few details for this year’s ICAST:

 

The new-for-2016 WX Boss with Matte Black frame and Polarized Venice Gold Mirror lenses (#CCBOS04) is a pair of sunglasses that delivers the whole package for outdoor enthusiasts — stylish good looks, advanced glare-cutting vision and the proven protection that Wiley X is known for around the world.

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This powerful combination of features makes this new Climate Control™ model an ideal choice for boating and fishing, target shooting, or anytime you’re outdoors in a highly reflective environment. The WX Boss’ wraparound-style Matte Black frame is the perfect counterpart to Wiley X’s bold and distinctive Polarized Venice Gold Mirror lenses. This attractive frame is designed for larger head sizes, and provides wearers with full coverage and a wide field of vision. With their Amber tint and advanced Filter 8™ polarizing technology, these lenses provide superior visual contrast over a wide range of light conditions, for clearer, distortion-free vision with reduced eye fatigue. They are especially good for helping anglers read the water and spot fish in the shallows, whether it’s bass hiding behind sunken logs or bonefish prowling the saltwater flats. Wiley X’s proven T-Shell™ lens coating resists scratching in even the most extreme environments, so you can work or play as hard as you want.

 

These “eye-catching” mirrored lenses also deliver 100-percent protection against the sun’s damaging rays — but this is just part of the story. The new WX Boss meets stringent ANSI Z87.1-2010 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards, as well as US Federal OSHA 1910.133(b)(1)(1) Standards, providing true occupational grade eye protection for active outdoor enthusiasts. Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of protection in every adult eyewear style it makes — a key reason why the company is a leading provider of vision protection gear to the U.S. military, law enforcement and other tactical wearers.

 

Like all Climate Control Series styles, the WX Boss features Wiley X’s patented, removable Facial Cavity™ Seal that blocks out wind, dust and reflected light for clearer vision, enhanced comfort and relief from “dry eye syndrome.”

 

Like the majority of Wiley X eyewear styles, the new WX Boss is also Rx-ready using the company’s innovative DIGIFORCE™ digital Rx lens technology, combining state-of-the-art Wiley X vision protection with superior visual clarity over the widest possible field of vision.

 

To learn more about the new Climate Control WX Boss with Polarized Venice Gold Mirror lenses —or the company’s complete line of advanced eyewear products providing outdoor enthusiasts with Absolute Premium Protection — visit http://www.wileyx.com. Or contact Wiley X at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 • Telephone: (800) 776-7842.

Great Lakes Outdoors

Yesterday evening, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Michigan’s (and my Congresswoman) Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced a bill that would direct existing funding from oil and gas leases to increase funding for proactive wildlife conservation.  This is a big deal for the future of our Great Lakes and Merica’s fish and wildlife. 

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Below is the joint release about the bill…

Young, Dingell Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Funding For Fish and Wildlife

“A once in a generation opportunity to save thousands of at-risk wildlife species” – Collin O’Mara

Washington, DC (July 7, 2016) – Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650) calling for $1.3 billion in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters be dedicated to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program to conserve a full array of fish and wildlife.

“Hunters…

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Liberty

This post tugs at my very soul. #keepitpublic and fight for public lands and your rights to enjoy them now, and protect them for the next generation. Thanks Tom!

Mouthful of Feathers

Each morning now, I go somewhere I haven’t been before. It’s an easy, solo routine that asks no one for permission, checks in with no authorities, goes where it wants to go. I have a hunting license and I’m American, camping on American soil owned by every damned one of us.

There are but two limitations: obey the state’s hunting laws and no camping in the same spot for more than sixteen days . . .  as if I’d want to stay in one spot that long. I can live with those two rules.
The other rules are my own. Get up when I want, go when I want, shoot only a few birds out of each covey, treat my dogs well, leave enough for next time.

It has been this way for ten weeks now as I swing into the last two weeks of a three-month sabbatical from my…

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Critical information: State Trust Land is not managed for public use, but for maximum revenue generation.

The Hunter Conservationist

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I spent a little over a year as a Colorado resident and continue to hunt there most every fall. My first elk hunt took place in the Weminuche Wilderness.

Colorado is a special place to me, but the “colorful” state has a dark pseudo-secret. I say pseudo-secret because it isn’t really a secret at all. This info is public domain but many have no idea. Despite being a utopian mecca for hunters, anglers, mountain bikers, skiers and hikers, its state trust land public access is among the very worst in the West. Historically, state trust land was largely off limits to public access, but as population boomed and access elsewhere declined, citizenry demand for multiple use management and access on state trust land grew. Brought to the table largely by efforts of hunters and anglers, in 1992 the State Land Board struck a deal, agreeing to provide public access to…

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MANUFACTURERS OF “THE BEST RODS ON EARTH” HIRES JESSE SIMPKINS FOR PIVOTAL ROLE AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

  
Park Falls, WI (03/07/2016) – Tune in to the evening news and you can’t help but sense the doom and gloom of corporate America. Layoffs are common. What little personnel remains take on twice the duties. Pressure from top management trickles down through the workforce. Bad attitudes bloom. Business breaks.
Not all businesses follow the same, paved communal highway, however. Some, like Wisconsin’s St. Croix Rods, prefer to take the lighter-traveled yet well-maintained road, which ultimately leads to innovation and growth. With headquarters in small-town-USA, St. Croix is a family-owned and -run company. And the staff loves working there. Fact is, employment stints within the walls of the Park Falls, Wisconsin, facility are not measured in years, but decades.

The pride of every employee, from upper management on down, shows through in every rod St. Croix creates—that’s hundreds of thousands of rods every year. And growing.

And It’s because of St. Croix’s culture why a veteran of the fishing and hunting industries, Jesse Simpkins, will be joining the St. Croix team, taking on the role of Director of Marketing. With over 20-years in the outdoors marketplace under his belt, Simpkins will be officially stepping over the threshold to join the classic company on February 29, 2016.
“A few years back I was asked to jot down the places I would most like to work if I were to start my career all over again. And, believe it or not, St. Croix was at the top of that list,” says Simpkins. “Not just because they are a family-owned business that treats everyone on staff like kin, but they are the top in rod crafting, and their name is synonymous with quality and craftsmanship.
“I look forward to getting to know the people inside the organization, top to bottom,” he adds. “The company is an integral part of the community of Park Falls. I am really looking forward to being a valued member of the team that delivers these quality products and drive the brand.”
“Jesse has a very successful track record and is highly respected in the fishing industry,” says Jeff Schluter, St. Croix’s Vice President of Brand Management. “He’s a passionate angler who intimately understands the fishing community and business. We love Jesse’s skill set and personality along with and his experience and devotion to fishing. Jesse will hit the ground running and communicate the St. Croix story.
“The company is growing. The creation of this position has been a long time coming and Jesse’s a great fit.”
About St. Croix Rod:

St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 65-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.


A 21st Century Vision for Investing in and Connecting People to Nature

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Photo by Lew Carpenter

Washington, DC – March 2, 2016 – A group of energy, business and conservation leaders today released their recommendations on how to avert the growing endangered species crisis in this country. The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources determined that utilizing a portion of revenues from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund state-based conservation could address conservation needs for thousands of species. An annual investment of $1.3 billion from these development revenues into the currently unfunded Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program would allow state fish and wildlife agencies to proactively manage these species reducing taxpayer costs and the regulatory red tape that comes when species are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. The number of species petitioned for listing under the Act has increased by 1,000 percent in less than a decade.

“A lot is at stake if we don’t act soon. For every species that is thriving in our country, hundreds of species are in decline.  These recommendations offer a new funding approach that will help ensure all fish and wildlife are conserved for future generations,” said former Wyoming governor, David Freudenthal, co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel. “We need to start down a new path where we invest proactively in conservation rather than reactively.”

The Blue Ribbon Panel was assembled in 2014 and met three times to produce recommendations and policy options on the most sustainable and equitable model to fund conservation of the full array of fish and wildlife species. The panel was co-chaired by Freudenthal and John L. Morris, noted conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops. It includes representatives from the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state fish and wildlife agencies. During their meetings, panelists agreed that an increased investment in fish and wildlife conservation makes fiscal sense and is needed to protect our natural heritage. Their recommendation would redirect and dedicate $1.3 billion each year from the over $10 billion in revenues from energy development (both renewable and traditional) and mineral development on federal lands and waters.

“Conservation means balancing the sustainability of fish and wildlife resources with the many needs of humans for clean air and water, land, food and fiber, dependable energy, economic development, and recreation. It is our responsibility to lead the way so our state fish and wildlife agencies have the resources they need to conserve species and manage our natural resources – the future of our industry and the outdoor sports we love depend on this investment,” noted Morris. “Redirecting revenues from energy and mineral development to state-based conservation is a simple, logical solution, and it is now up to our leaders in Congress to move this concept forward.”

State fish and wildlife agencies have primary responsibility for managing species within their borders, as well as conserving important habitats and providing outdoor recreation opportunities. Traditionally, agencies have been funded by sportsmen through license fees and excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment and motorboat fuels – most agencies receive very limited funding through general taxpayer dollars. Agencies have not been able to keep pace with the growing challenge as habitat is lost and species decline and hunter and angler participation has declined. States have developed state wildlife action plans identifying 12,000 species in greatest need for conservation efforts. However, limited funding requires prioritization of the species facing the highest risk of endangerment leaving thousands of other species and their habitats hanging in the balance.

“America’s anglers and boaters are the nation’s most powerful force for conserving our nation’s fisheries and waters, investing more than $1 billion dollars each year in fisheries management and conservation through taxes on fishing equipment and state fishing license sales,” said Mike Nussman, president and CEO, American Sportfishing Association. “But, the conservation needs are growing quickly. If we are to maintain the high-quality environment that we all enjoy, it is essential that we find a new funding source for conserving the full array of fish and wildlife species.”

Proactive conservation saves tax payer dollars by addressing species needs early so that costly “emergency room” interventions are avoided. Preventing threatened and endangered species listings helps business by averting project delays and losses from forfeited opportunities due to land use regulations. In addition, investing in conservation is vital to sustaining our natural infrastructure that supports numerous indispensable benefits such as pollination, water purification, erosion control, flood control, recreation, food production and cultural amenities.

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Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources

Co-Chairs John Morris, Founder, Bass Pro Shops; David Freudenthal, Former Governor, State of Wyoming; Crowell & Moring. Members: Kevin Butt, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, NA, Inc.; Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing Enterprises/NRA; Jeff Crane, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; Bruce Culpepper, Shell Americas; John Doerr, Pure Fishing, Inc.; Jim Faulstich, Partners for Conservation; John Fitzpatrick, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Greg Hill, Hess Corporation; Becky Humphries, National Wild Turkey Federation; Stephen Kellert, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Jennifer Mull, Outdoor Industry Association; John Newman, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Mike Nussman, American Sportfishing Association; Margaret O’Gorman, Wildlife Habitat Council; Glenn Olson, National Audubon Society; Collin O’Mara, National Wildlife Federation; Connie Parker, CSParker Group; Charlie Potter, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation; Steve Sanetti, National Shooting Sports Foundation; John Tomke, Wildlife & Hunting Heritage Conservation Council; Jeff Trandahl, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; James Walker, EDF Renewable Energy; Steve Williams, Wildlife Management Institute; and Bob Ziehmer, Missouri Department of Conservation. Ex Officio Members: Michael Bean, U.S. Department Interior; Ronald Regan, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry a unified voice, speaking out on behalf of sportfishing and boating industries, state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, angler advocacy groups and outdoor journalists when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring social, economic and conservation values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 46 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through KeepAmericaFishing™, our angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate more than $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 800,000 people.

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