Chronic Wasting Disease
Because deer hunters contribute heavily to conservation through the purchase of licenses and gear, this disease could have major impacts on funding to improve fish and wildlife habitat.
Restoring the Mississippi River Delta
Nearly 2,000 square miles of prime fish and wildlife habitat have vanished along Louisiana’s coast. But oil spill fines have created an opportunity to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and fish habitat.
Investing in Farm Bill Conservation Programs
The Farm Bill incentivizes landowners to create habitat and walk-in access for sportsmen and women. The resulting boost to hunting and fishing opportunities will help drive outdoor recreation spending in the rural areas that need it most.
Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is supported through royalties from offshore oil and gas development and helps pay for the acquisition of new hunting and fishing areas, expansion of outdoor recreation facilities, and improvements to fish and wildlife habitat.
Like other small but critically important forage fish, menhaden play a central role in the marine food web. This is why sportsmen and women are calling for federal fisheries managers to change their approach to managing forage fish like menhaden.
Systematic underfunding by Congress has forced the federal agencies in charge of conservation to virtually halt active management, as available funds go to dealing with the crisis of the day, from wildfire to vandalism.