Wildlife for the 21st Century

The following organizations are members of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners

  • Archery Trade Association
  • Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
  • Bear Trust International
  • Boone and Crockett Club
  • Buckmasters American Deer Foundation
  • Camp Fire Club of America
  • Catch a Dream Foundation
  • Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
  • Conservation Force
  • Dallas Safari Club
  • Delta Waterfowl Foundation
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Houston Safari Club
  • International Hunting Education Association
  • Izaak Walton League of America
  • Masters of Foxhounds Association
  • Mule Deer Foundation
  • National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses
  • National Association of Forest Service Retirees
  • National Rifle Association
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • National Trappers Association
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • North American Bear Foundation
  • North American Grouse Partnership
  • Orion - The Hunter's Institute
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Pope and Young Club
  • Public Lands Foundation
  • Quail Forever
  • Quail Unlimited
  • Quality Deer Management Association
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Ruffed Grouse Society
  • Safari Club International
  • Sand County Foundation
  • Shikar Safari Club
  • Texas Wildlife Association
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
  • TreadLightly!
  • US Sportsmen's Alliance
  • Whitetails Unlimited
  • Wild Sheep Foundation
  • Wildlife Forever
  • Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Wildlife Management Institute


Wildlife for the 21st Century: IV
Recommendations to President Barack Obama

Wildlife for the 21st Century: Vol. IV, is the fourth in a series of recommendations from the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) to Presidents Bush and Obama since 2001.  AWCP is a consortium of 49 organizations that represents the interests of America’s 20 million  hunters, their families and the economies of many rural communities.

We began issuing these recommendations at the turn of the 21st  Century to apply to today’s issues the fundamental ideas on which the  American conservation movement began over the prior 100+ years:  the ideas of public access to wildlife, personal responsibility, and active  scientific management.

Public access to wildlife has been the heritage of all Americans since this  country rejected royalty and the reservation of wildlife for royalty so that all  may seek and enjoy.  

The legacy of personal commitments by conservationists also fills this heritage  with the valuable achievements in restoring and sustaining wildlife, discovering  and teaching its science, and mentoring generations of hunters, trappers, and  target shooters in safe and ethical recreation.  

Active, scientific management, as put succinctly by Aldo Leopold, our founding  scientist and philosopher, means “a positive exercise of skill and insight, not  merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution”.  

The continuity of accomplishment under these principles runs from the first  hunting clubs proposing game laws in the mid-1800s, to the creation of Federal  agencies and public lands at the turn of the last century, and to passage of a  self-imposed tax on arms and ammunition that has funded massive restoration  of deer, elk, and other wildlife. That program is now called Wildlife and  Sportfish Restoration and reached its 75th anniversary in 2012. We are now  equipped to add to the legacy through the work of state, Federal, and tribal  wildlife agencies, the largest caucus in the Congress (the Congressional  Sportsmen’s Caucus), a Federal Advisory Committee with a unified 10-year  agenda (the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council), and our  network of private groups in AWCP.

It is from this perspective of history, service in government and  private enterprise, and basis in principle that we submit the following  recommendations. These recommendations represent a general agreement of  the partners. Each reserves the right to establish independent positions on any  issue as we research, debate, and act on these ideas for the next 4 years of the  21st century.

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