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March 2020 Legislative Update


H.R. 3742: RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT

This critical bipartisan legislation now has 250 sponsors and is being presented to House leadership. This legislation establishes a 21st Century funding model for the proactive conservation of fish and wildlife. This legislation redirects $1.3 billion annually in existing revenues to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their science-driven wildlife action plans, and an additional $97.5 million to tribal wildlife managers to conserve species on tribal lands and waters. This funding will ensure those with a proven track record of success in species conservation and recovery can proactively conserve at-risk fish and wildlife in a voluntary, non-regulatory manner.

H.R. 925, AMERICA’S CONSERVATION ENHANCEMENT ACT

HSC joined many other hunting and conservation organizations in submitting a letter to the U.S House of Representatives encouraging their support of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, and to urge its approval by the House of Representatives as reported by the Senate. H.R. 925 includes high-priority conservation provisions and its passage by unanimous consent in the Senate on January 9th, 2020, marks a significant step forward in addressing growing challenges to species and habitat health. Final passage of the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act by the House will not only have wide-ranging ecological impacts but will facilitate enhanced wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation by millions of Americans, strengthening conservation funding streams for years to come.

BERING/MARTIN RIVER INHOLDING ACQUISITION IN COPPER RIVER DELTA, CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST

HSCF, in alignment with several other conservation organizations, expressed support to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council’s willingness to consider and negotiate a purchase offer with the Korea Alaska Development Corporation for their Bering River inholding in the Chugach National Forest’s Copper River Delta region. The consortium supports the U.S. Forest Service’s management plan for the Copper River Delta and encouraged the EVOS Trustee Council to pursue acquiring, retiring and conserving the Korea Alaska Development Corporation inholding through obligating some portion of the remaining habitat conservation account for that mission. Read the full letter here.

INSIGHT PROVIDED TO CONSIDERED IMPORT BAN BY THE UNITED KINGDOM

HSCF, as an active member of American Wildlife Conservation Partners, submitted a letter to the Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Rt. Hon. Lord Zacharias Goldsmith, Minister of State, providing consultation on controls on the import and export of hunting trophies and a call for evidence on the scale and impacts of the import and export of hunting trophies. The consultation’s summary outlined that hunting incentivizes wildlife conservation and provides significant funding to protect wildlife and habitat. Hunting is a key component to managing the balance between invariable human population growth and the resulting wildlife habitat decline. Hunting also encourages private investment in wildlife conservation in developing countries. Read the full letter here.

OPPOSITION TO HB 5104 PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALE AND POSSESSION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, LIONS, LEOPARDS, BLACK RHINOCEROS, WHITE RHINOCEROS AND GIRAFFES

HSCF, in alignment with 17 other organizations, expressed a unified opposition to HB 5104 and petitioned the Members of the Joint Committee on Environment to join them in opposing this bill. This legislation that would prohibit the import, sale, and possession of items from legally hunted African species. The position of the group is anchored on the basis that discouraging hunting in Africa encourages poaching, stymies the anti-poaching programs legally regulated hunting supports, causes detrimental effects on wildlife conservation, and has a negative financial impact on rural communities reliant on hunting-related tourism dollars. In addition, the legislation disregards decades of scientific research which compiled by wildlife experts in both Africa and by the U.S. Government and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Further the group establishes that this legislation would be preempted by section 6(f) of the Endangered Species Act. Read the full letter here.


Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to legislative and policy initiatives that may affect the future of hunting. HSC supports initiatives that protect the tradition of hunting and hunters’ rights. We take an active role in efforts to effect policy, protocols and legislation. Our mission is to protect the rights of hunters and the hunting heritage through advocacy, policy and legislation. Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.


Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.