In recognition of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program's 75th Anniversary, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) members Representatives Don Young (AK) and John Dingell (MI) created a public service announcement to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of WSFR and to thank sportsmen and women for their purchases that benefit game and non-game species and continue to enhance our country’s outdoor traditions and opportunities. Click here to view the PSA.
WSFR is a key component of the "user pays-public benefits" structure of the American System of Conservation Funding, which provides the vast majority of funding for state fish and wildlife agencies.
In September, Congressman Young and Dingell introduced H.Res. 801, "Recognizing America's hunters, anglers, trappers, recreational boaters, recreational shooters, industry, state fish and wildlife agencies, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for their leading role in restoring healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and other natural resources." This bipartisan resolution was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday, September 20th. Click here to view the H. Res. 801 Dear Colleague letter.
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane stated, "This resolution is an important bipartisan collaboration of the CSC and I thank Representatives Dingell and Young for recognizing the important role sportsmen and women play in funding wildlife conservation in America.”
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