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.
Leaving More Menhaden in the Water for Sportfish
Like other small but critically important forage fish, Atlantic menhaden play a central role in the marine food web. But they are not currently managed with this in mind.
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.
Recreational Saltwater Fishing
Recreational fishermen drive spending in coastal communities, but recreational fisheries haven’t been managed for their unique value to the economy until now.
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.