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Sportsmen Call on Presidential Candidates; Deliver Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume 6

July 15, 2020
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Since 2001, the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) has delivered a comprehensive transition document to each presidential campaign vying for election. AWCP was formed in 2000. It is now a consortium of 50 organizations representing the interests of America's millions of hunter-conservationists, professional wildlife and natural resource managers, outdoor recreation users, conservation educators, and wildlife scientists. The Wild Sheep Foundation is one of the group's founding members.
Wildlife for the 21st Century - Volume VI (W21) presents the challenges and recommendations sportsmen urge the new administration and Congress to address. These are the pressing issues facing wildlife conservation and our sporting heritage. Each recommendation is based on sound science and builds on the historical achievements of hunter-conservationists in making this country's wildlife resources as healthy and vibrant as possible, for all citizens.
"The powerful unity behind the W21 agenda is the exact reason AWCP was formed," said Gray N. Thornton, president and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation. "Bringing to light conservation challenges affecting wildlife, habitats, and sportsmen, coming up with smart solutions and recommendations, and then delivering these to our policy-makers in one loud voice is what AWCP is all about. We’ve done the work. Now its up to the incoming administration and Congress.” 
Volume VI Recommendations include;
Funding for Conservation: Secure permanent and dedicated conservation funding from public and private sources 
Federal Land Access: Enhance access for hunters and outdoor recreationists
Big Game Migrations: Require collaboration on big game migration corridors and habitats
Energy Development: Integrate industry, state, and federal wildlife goals early in energy planning
Private Land Conservation: Incentivize private landowners to conserve wildlife and habitat and provide access for hunting
Active Management of Federal Lands: Increase active management of federal lands and reduce litigation through collaboration
Species Conservation: Achieve greater results from an improved Endangered Species Act (ESA) program
Big Game Diseases: Support and assist states in addressing Chronic Wasting Disease and wild sheep pneumonia
Climate Change: Focus climate policy on habitat conservation and restoration
Hunting Heritage and the Future: Require collaboration for wildlife conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting on federal lands
"These are all current, high-level issues, with solid recommendations," Thornton explained. "We're particularly pleased to see diseases plaguing our wild sheep, deer, and elk getting much-needed attention. We look forward to working with the new administration and Congress over the next four years to make these recommendations work for our wildlife and people.”
The complete Volume is available on the WSF website.
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