January 2020 Legislative Update

HSCF JOINS OTHER CONSERVATION GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL LAND TRANSACTION FACILITATION ACT HSCF joined other NGO’s and Conservation Organizations requesting David Bernhardt, Secretary of Interior, Department of the Interior, to fully implement the now-permanently reauthorized Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). FLTFA is a critical western lands program that will facilitate modified land exchanges and increase public access and recreation, when fully implemented. Included in recommendations for implementation was the request to delegate authority for land acquisition decisions. FLTFA is a common-sense public lands tool that achieves economic and conservation goals with broad bipartisan support across the West. Originally authorized in 2000, FLTFA expired in 2011 and was permanently reauthorized in 2018 (P.L. 106-248). FLTFA facilitates strategic federal land sales by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide funding for high-priority land conservation within or adjacent to federal lands in the eleven contiguous western states and Alaska.

December 2019 Legislative Update

SUPPORT H.R. 3742: RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has been introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Dingell (D-MI-12) and Fortenberry (R-NE-01). This bipartisan 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. To date, there are 157 cosponsors. SUPPORT MODERNIZING THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON FUND FOR TOMORROW’S NEEDS ACT Another very important bill has been reintroduced in the 116th Congress-the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act. The Pittman-Robertson Act directs excise

November 2019 Legislative Update

SUPPORT PROP 5! VOTE YES FOR THE NOVEMBER 2019 TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT In November, a Texas constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot. A simple majority vote will appropriate the revenues from sales tax on sporting goods equipment to fund state parks and historical sites. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and Rep. John Cyrier of Bastrop, with the approval of Governor Abbott, led the Texas Legislature to pass bills calling for the constitutional vote. Between 1993 and 2017, the state’s sporting goods sales tax has generated between $60 million and $165 million annually for a total of $2.5 billion. During that time, only 40% percent of the funding found its way into the budgets of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Historical Commission as intended. Many citizens incorrectly assume the taxes they pay on sporting goods were fully allocated to support parks, not realizing that significant portions

HSC signs on to Shooting Range Definition Letter

October 4, 2019 Dear Mr. Pendley and Chief Christensen: The undersigned organizations represent millions of hunters, sportsmen and women, and wildlife conservationists who have a long-standing and vested interest in access and opportunities for sportsmen and women on federal public lands.  We are signatories to the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).  The purpose of the MOU is to build a partnership with the signatories “for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects and activities related to hunting, fishing, and shooting sports conducted on federal lands.” We are writing to you as leaders in the implementation of S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9). We have identified an issue that could have lasting implications for recreational shooting on BLM and USFS administered lands as a result

HSC Signs Onto AWCP Green River Letter

American Woodcock Society * Archery Trade Association * Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies * Boone and Crockett Club * California Waterfowl * Camp Fire Club of America * 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 * Izaak Walton League of America * Masters of Foxhounds Foundation * Mule Deer Foundation * National Association of Forest Service Retirees * National Shooting Sports Foundation * National Wild Turkey Federation * National Wildlife Federation * North American Falconers Association * North American Grouse Partnership * Orion – The Hunter’s Institute * Pheasants Forever * Pope and Young Club * Quail Forever * Quality Deer Management Association * Ruffed Grouse Society * Safari Club International * Texas Wildlife Association * Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership * Whitetails Unlimited * Wild Sheep

HSC Signs On To Letters With 30+ Organizations In Support Of Conservation Urgencies

HSC signs onto two letters in support of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Restore Our Parks Act, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2019. AFWA, CSF, DU, IWLA, NWF, NWTF, PF, QF, TRCP, and WSF are original signatories. Letter to the House can be read HERE  Letter to the Senate can be read HERE 
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