Voices Being Heard

The NWTF signed on to several letters supporting its members’ outdoors lifestyle, and some are already making an impact.

The NWTF uses the power of many to increase the volume of our members’ voices. By joining coalitions, or consortiums, comprised of like-minded conservation and sportsmen’s organizations that represent millions of people, the NWTF is helping to make an impact on the national and state levels by providing policy and legislative recommendations to rule makers and legislators. Over the summer, the NWTF signed on to several letters aimed at supporting our mission delivery and protecting the outdoor lifestyle we embrace. A few examples are highlighted below.

  • Letter to Senate leadership opposing the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s nomination for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives director, David Chipman, who has a long history of anti-gun activism. The president withdrew Chipman’s nomination in September.
  • Letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to advance an Outdoor Recreation Package that increases access to public lands for hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts and supports rural economies that depend on this recreation.
  • Letters to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in opposition to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council to use COVID-19 and fear of spreading viruses from animals to humans to ban all trade of wild mammals and birds and the import/export of wild mammals and birds and their parts. Such a ban would impact conservation efforts, such as moving wild turkeys from one state to another and supporting conservation funding for declining species abroad, and prohibit hunters who travel to other states or internationally from bringing back any animal parts or taxidermy.
  • Letter to the Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encouraging them to adopt policies that would provide consistency across all agencies within the DOI that manage migratory birds and endangered and threatened species. This consistency would reduce confusion and enable development of forest health and habitat projects, building much-needed recreation infrastructure and other work to improve habitat resilience and increase access on public and private lands.
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