Conservation should never be a partisan issue.
We believe that our ability to conserve fish and wildlife habitat on public and private land is part of what makes America great. So while we’re embarking on a new chapter in Washington, the TRCP will never stop working with elected officials on both sides of the aisle to promote science-based solutions for healthy lands and waters.
It will be a busy time of transition in the nation’s capital, as Donald J. Trump builds an administration and gets to work. Cabinet secretaries must be appointed and confirmed, and thousands of jobs must be filled. Priorities are being determined as the rhetoric of campaign season transforms into policy proposals.
Every step of the way, we’ll be communicating our mission clearly and repeatedly to decision-makers.
In 2016, we had the opportunity to sit down with Donald Trump, Jr., at our Western Media Summit in Fort Collins, Colo. As a surrogate for the Trump campaign, Trump, Jr., was given the opportunity to address attendees regarding his father’s vision for conservation and natural resources policy under a new administration.
Top Transition Priorities for Sportsmen:
Quality Places to Hunt and Fish
Defense of our national public lands is a line in the sand that cannot be crossed. Sage grouse conservation must be secured. Commonsense rules for oil and gas development, including a robust planning process, are needed—and just like oil and gas, renewables should be contributing a reasonable percentage of their profits from production on public lands into impact mitigation.
Better Investments in Conservation
Insufficient funding continues to be a major barrier to all kinds of conservation goals for public and private lands. One of the very first things that the new administration has to do is send Congress a budget outlining funding priorities for fiscal year 2018, and we are committed to getting our piece of the pie for the programs that sportsmen and women depend on.
More Champions for Fish, Wildlife, and Sportsmen
Filling leadership roles at the Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, and key agencies with bona fide collaborators is essential to our work over the next four years. This would include practitioners who are committed to the North American model of wildlife conservation and expanding access to quality fish and wildlife habitat, yes, but perhaps also those who are sportsmen and women themselves.
Our Work Continues
The hard work of educating policymakers on these issues is ongoing, and we’ve kicked into overdrive to ensure that the new administration knows just how critical our priorities are. We’ve prepared and delivered thorough documents to key officials and government agencies outlining exactly what we want to see from them in the first 100 days, at the one-year and two-year marks, and throughout the entire four-year term.
We’re ensuring that the voices of sportsmen and women are heard loud and clear, but we can’t do it without your help.
In some cases, we’ll ask you to take action and hold lawmakers accountable. In times of immediate need, we may call upon you to speak directly to your elected officials or local and regional land managers.
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