On June 30, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member, and Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Senator John Barrasso (WY) introduced S.1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (HELP for Wildlife Act).
This bipartisan legislation would increase public access for sportsmen and women, improve fish and wildlife habitat, and reauthorize funding for fish and wildlife conservation programs.
Also included are a wide range of pro-sportsmen’s provisions, which would:
- Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through fiscal years 2018 to 2022. This important program ensures the protection of millions of acres of wetland habitat spanning over all 50 states.
- Ensure that normal agricultural practices are not misconstrued as attempts to bait migratory game birds.
- Provide funding and support for the construction and expansion of public target shooting ranges on Bureau of Land Management lands and National Forests. Ensure that sportsmen and women have the proper infrastructure to participate safely in recreational shooting.
- Reaffirm the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act in the Great Lakes and Wyoming, and returns the management of these populations to state wildlife agencies.
- Ensure that traditional lead-based sport fishing equipment is exempt from the Toxic Substances Control Act.
“CSF would like to thank the sponsors of the important piece of legislation for their bipartisan work in the Senate. We would look forward to working with members of the Committee to get this bill passed out of the U.S. Senate and enacted into law,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane.
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- Facilitating voter registration at the time of hunting/fishing license purchase (6.17%)
- Addressing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer populations (8.64%)
- Increasing public access to private lands (22.22%)
- Granting more fish and wildlife management authority to the states (45.68%)
- Other (17.28%)