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September 2020 Legislative Update

PEBBLE MINE: BRISTOL BAY ALASKA The Trump Administration has placed a temporary hold on future plans to allow for the Pebble Mine. HSC, in partnership with other organizations, submitted a letter to President Trump to request the Army Corps of Engineers deny issuance of a Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit for the proposed Pebble mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The rivers downstream from the proposed Pebble mine and its infrastructure are some of the most treasured fishing and hunting resources in the world. Pebble’s impact would cause massive harm to fish, wetlands and water and recreation businesses. Learn more. SENATOR CORNYN (R-TX) INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19 Senator John Cornyn recently introduced critical legislation on putting an end to future pandemics. The “Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020” bill will enforce international cooperation and protect wildlife while making sure our current situation does not reoccur. The bill

HSC Applauds Signing of Great American Outdoors Act

(Houston, TX- August 04, 2020) Houston Safari Club (HSC) applauds today’s signing of the Great American Outdoors Act by President Donald J. Trump. HSC was in Washington, D.C. today to commemorate the signing of this landmark legislation into law and to celebrate the momentous occasion at a gathering hosted by United States Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt. The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) will provide $9.5 billion over 5 years to address the decimated infrastructure on America’s public lands and waters. The National Park Service will receive $6.5 billion in funding and $3 billion will be included to repair and maintain public land infrastructure overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). GAOA also provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually. LWCF is one of the most successful

August 2020 Legislative Update

GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) applauds The U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of this historic legislation to promote conservation and increased public land and water access for opportunities for sportsmen and women. The Great American Outdoors Act will provide $9.5 billion over 5 years to address the decimated infrastructure on America’s public lands and waters. The National Park Service will receive $6.5 billion in funding and $3 billion will be included to repair and maintain public land infrastructure overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The inclusion of funding specifically for BLM, USFWS, and USFS lands and waters will ensure that Americans have the ability to access critically important hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities. Over 246 million acres, or 99%, of BLM lands are open to hunting and fishing while the USFS reports

Contact your U.S. Representative! U.S. House to Vote on Great American Outdoors Act On Wednesday, July 22nd

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is the largest public lands funding package in recent history. GAOA will provide $9.5 billion over 5 years in funding to restore the crumbling infrastructure on public lands and waters including Forest Service, Refuges and BLM lands. Approximately $3 billion will be designated to restore the infrastructure on hundreds of millions of acres that provide 25 million hunting days and 45 million fishing days for America’s sportsmen and women. No new taxes are required to support this funding. 50% of all federal revenues from the development of oil, gas, coal, or alternative or renewable energy on federal lands and waters will be sourced to fund the GAOA. The GAOA will also provide permanent and dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually while designating $15 million for the purpose of increasing access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of

July 2020 Legislative Update

GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT Houston Safari Club Foundation fully supports the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. The U.S. Senate has passed the landmark conservation legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Steve Daines (R-MT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and 51 other Senate members. The Great American Outdoors Act fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and addresses the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands. This critical legislation will help rebuild our national park infrastructure and address the more than $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects throughout the U.S. park system while supporting more than 100,000 jobs over the next five years. Companion legislation (H.R.7092) was introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Cunningham (D-SC). The President

June 2020 Legislative Update

CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO BAN LEGALLY HUNTED GAME IMPORTS HSC was part of a nationwide effort to encourage all U.S. Governors to keep hunting seasons and access to land available in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. The letter also offered ideas for maintaining safe and appUnder the pretense of limiting the spread of wildlife-based diseases, the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water recently approved legislation that would prohibit hunters in California from importing and possessing legally hunted African wildlife. SB 1175, “Animals: Prohibitions on Importation and Possession of Wild Animals: Live Animal Markets.” The bill will now proceed to the Senate for further debate. A well thought out opposition statement was provided to the committee by Catherine E. Semcer, Research Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center and African Wildlife Economy Institute. Read her letter here. SECRETARY BERNHARDT PROPOSES HISTORIC EXPANSION OF HUNTING & FISHING OPPORTUNITIES, AMERICA’S CONSERVATION ENHANCEMENT
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