Joel Pedersen has seen conservation issues come and go. He’s seen them get stuck in political purgatory, but he’s also seen the flipside: nearly 50 conservation groups coming together to recommend vital conservation-related solutions that get put into action for the betterment of wildlife, conservation and sportsmen and women.
That’s the purpose of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners’ “Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume V.” Pedersen, the NWTF’s director of conservation programs, was the 2015 chairman of the AWCP and served as editor of this cycle’s “Wildlife for the 21st Century.” This is a collaboration of recommendations from the AWCP’s 47 partner organizations that represent the interests of millions of outdoorsmen and women.
Since 2000, each time a new president has been elected (or re-elected), the AWCP has produced a document of agreed-upon topics that are deemed most important to the community of outdoor enthusiasts.
“This document is a platform to help us get our message out [to the incoming federal administration and legislature],” said Pedersen.
Hunters, anglers and shooters make up nearly 30 percent of the voting population. The recommendations represent the issues most important to them and provide guidance for the office of the president, as well as for Congress.
“We’ve shared the document with [President Elect Donald Trump’s] transition team and asked for the recommendations to be included in the new administration’s priorities,” Pedersen said.
With Pedersen as editor, the NWTF had a heavy hand in drafting the document, and many of the organization’s key goals are included.
Seven vital recommendations are made. They range from securing funding for wildlife conservation to improving public lands for wildlife by increasing active management and reducing litigation.
Other critical issues include:
- enhancing hunter access to public land;
- making energy development compatible with wildlife conservation;
- incentivizing wildlife and habitat conservation on private lands;
- modernizing the Endangered Species Act; and
- building a strong future for hunting and recreational shooting on public lands
How NWTF volunteers can use “Wildlife in the 21st Century: Volume V”
It’s important to understanding all the issues the NWTF and other conservation organizations face. “We encourage our volunteers to read it, so they understand what the issues are, particularly if they are talking with their federal congressman or woman,” Pedersen said. “We want our volunteers to highlight issues they are passionate about.”
The document also can be forwarded to political staffers when contacting congressional members regarding policy issues.
Download or read it here.
The following organizations are members of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners:
Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Bear Trust International, Boone And Crockett Club, Camp Fire Club Of America, Catch A Dream Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Conservation Force, Council To Advance Hunting And The Shooting Sports, Dallas Safari Club, Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Houston Safari Club, International Hunter Education Association - USA, Izaak Walton League Of America, Masters Of Foxhounds Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, National Association Of Forest Service Retirees, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Trappers Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, North American Grouse Partnership, Orion – The Hunter’s Institute, Pheasants Forever, Inc., Quail Forever, Pope And Young Club, Professional Outfitters And Guides Of America, Public Lands Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Safari Club International, Shikar Safari Club, Sportsmen’s Alliance, Texas Wildlife Association, The Conservation Fund, The Wildlife Society, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Tread Lightly!, Whitetails Unlimited, Wild Sheep Foundation, Wildlife Forever, Wildlife Management Institute and Wildlife Mississippi