TRCP president and CEO will help advise federal agencies on ways to advance habitat conservation, hunting traditions, and sportsmen’s access.
Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, has been selected to serve on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, a group established in 2010 to advise federal agencies on wildlife habitat conservation and hunting-related policy issues. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement last week.
This is the first time that Fosburgh will represent TRCP on the council, comprised of 18 discretionary members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and seven non-voting, ex officio members representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
“I’m honored to work with this exemplary group of industry leaders, including many of TRCP’s coalition partners, to create better awareness of sportsmen’s issues in Washington and to benefit fish, wildlife, and public access through thoughtful conservation policy,” said Fosburgh.
The council is an official advisory group established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to help promote and preserve America’s wildlife and hunting heritage for future generations. This group will provide advice on conservation endeavors that benefit wildlife resources and recreational hunting throughout fiscal year 2016. In fiscal year 2015, the council made recommendations on greater sage-grouse conservation measures, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the next phase of BLM land-use planning—all issues on which the TRCP has been actively engaged.
“The appointees to the Council represent top leadership within the conservation community and possess the expertise to provide us with insightful recommendations to better manage resources critical to America’s rural communities,” Secretary Vilsack said in a release. “Hunters were the nation’s first conservationists, and supporting America’s hunting heritage goes hand-in-hand with pursuing our conservation mission.”
Here are the new and returning appointees to the Council:
- Jeffrey Crane, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
- Whit Fosburgh, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
- Wayne Hubbard, Urban American Outdoors
- Winifred Kessler, The Wildlife Society
- Robert Manes, The Nature Conservancy
- Frederick Maulson, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
- Robert Model, Boone and Crockett Club
- Miles Moretti, Mule Deer Foundation
- Collin O’Mara, National Wildlife Federation
- Joanna Prukop, former New Mexico Secretary of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources
- Stephen Sanetti, National Shooting Sports Foundation
- Land Tawney, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
- Christine Thomas, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin
- George Thornton, National Wild Turkey Federation
- John Tomke, Ducks Unlimited
- Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever
- Larry Voyles, Arizona Department of Fish and Game
- Steve Williams, Wildlife Management Institute
For more information about the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, click here.