Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announce Federal Council members to support hunting and conservation efforts

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022
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WASHINGTON — In advance of National Game and Fish Day on September 24, the US Departments of the Interior and Agriculture today announced 18 members of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Council.

“Hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts have some of the deepest connections to wildlife and form the foundation of habitat conservation efforts,” he said. Home Secretary Deb Haaland. “I look forward to working with the Council as we advance efforts to expand access to the outdoors, address climate change, and safeguard wildlife and the health of the natural systems that supply our food, water, and other resources. This kind of commitment is at the heart of the America the BEAUTIFUL initiative and the broader conservation strategy of the Biden-Harris administration.”

“This group of athletes will provide USDA and DOI with vital information on how we can strengthen wildlife conservation, expand recreational access, and promote rural economic development,” he said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “They are a critical partner in preserving America’s wildlife and hunting heritage and advancing our work to protect our nation’s precious lands and waters. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to conserving, connecting, and restoring America’s lands, waters, and wildlife, and I look forward to working with council members to help achieve these goals.”

The Federal Advisory Council, rented in February 2022 and administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is a federal advisory committee of subject matter experts that will provide recommendations to the federal government regarding policies that benefit wildlife conservation and The habitat; expand fair-pursuit hunting, safe recreational shooting sports, and recreational opportunities associated with wildlife; and policies that benefit national and local economies.

The newly established Council builds on the Wildlife Hunting and Heritage Conservation Council, first established in 2010. Members will meet at least twice a year, with members serving up to three-year terms.

Council will help move the Administration forward America the BEAUTIFUL initiative, which aims to conserve, connect, and restore our nation’s lands, waters, and wildlife through collaborative, inclusive, and locally led conservation efforts. These efforts will be bolstered by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the largest investment in the resiliency of physical and natural systems in American history, including billions of dollars to speed up federal and local land, water, and wildlife conservation efforts across the country.

The council members are:

  • Colin Beck (Confederate Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians)) representing tribal resource management organizations.
  • Ryan Busse (not affiliated) representing shooting sports interests.
  • Jeffrey Crane (Congressional Athletes Foundation) representing wildlife and habitat management/conservation organizations.
  • Michael Crowder (National Association of Conservation Districts) representing the interests of agriculture.
  • John Devney (Delta Waterfowl) on behalf of waterfowl hunting organizations.
  • George Dunklin Jr. (Five Oaks Duck Lodge) tourism business representatives, suppliers and/or guides related to hunting and/or wildlife conservation.
  • Bethany Erb (Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever) on behalf of mountain bird hunting organizations.
  • Daniel Forster (Archery Trade Association) representing the interests of archery.
  • Cole Mannix (Mannix Ranch) representing the ranchers’ interests.
  • Collin O’Mara (National Wildlife Federation) representing wildlife and habitat management/conservation organizations.
  • Lucas Martinez (League of United Latin American Citizens) representing recreation interests associated with wildlife.
  • Lydia Parker (Color Hunters) representing recreation interests associated with wildlife.
  • Joel Pedersen (Mule Deer Foundation) representing the big game hunting organizations.
  • Land Tawney (backcountry hunters and fishermen) representing wildlife and habitat management/conservation organizations.
  • Keith Tidball (Cornell University) on behalf of veteran service organizations.
  • Lauren Ward (Conflict-Free Conservation) representing wildlife and habitat management/conservation organizations.
  • Gerald (Tony) Wasley (Nevada Department of Wildlife) representing state fish and wildlife management agencies.
  • Joel Webster (Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Association) representing wildlife and habitat management/conservation organizations.

The alternate members of the Council are:

  • Edward Arnett (The Wildlife Society) representing wildlife and habitat conservation/management organizations and deputizing for Collin O’Mara.
  • Brad Brooks (The Desert Society) representing wildlife and habitat conservation/management organizations and Alternate for Land Tawney.
  • Kathleen Falk (not affiliated) representing wildlife and habitat conservation/management organizations and deputizing for Lauren Ward.
  • Mark Hennelly (California Waterfowl) representing the waterfowl hunting organizations and deputizing for John Devney.
  • Blake Henning (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) representing the big game organizations and surrogate for Joel Pedersen.
  • Wayne Hubbard (Urban American Outdoors) representing recreation interests associated with wildlife and acting as Lydia Parker.
  • Marshall Johnson (National Audubon Society) representing wildlife recreation interests and deputy for Lucas Martinez.
  • Simon Roosevelt (Conservation Roundtable) representing the wildlife and habitat conservation/management organizations Jeffrey Crane.
  • Roberta Salazar-Henry (New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Commission) representing the State Fish and Wildlife Management Agencies and deputizing for Gerald (Tony) Wasley.
  • Andrew Schmidt (Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever) representing the Highland Fowling Organizations and Alternate for Bethany Erb.
  • Theodore Sedgwick (unaffiliated) representing wildlife and habitat conservation/management organizations and deputizing for Joel Webster.
  • Michael Van Fossan (First Lite Performance hunting clothing) on behalf of tourism businesses, vendors and/or guides related to hunting and/or wildlife conservation and deputy for George Dunklin.

For more information on the Council, visit the Game and Wildlife Conservation Council Web page.

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