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Hunt Fish 30x30 Organizations Submit Formal Recommendations to the Biden Administration Concerning the “America the Beautiful” Initiative

The Boone and Crockett Club joined 54 other members of the Hunt Fish 30x30 Coalition to submit formal recommendations for the Biden Administration’s “America the Beautiful” initiative, also referred to as “30 by 30.” The recommendations highlight several sporting-conservation community priorities that the Administration should incorporate into its forthcoming American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas. This document is expected to serve as a measure of conservation and restoration progress that would “count” toward meeting the goal of conserving 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030. 

The recommendations submitted to President Biden’s interagency working group reflect the priorities first outlined in the Hunt Fish 30x30 Coalition’s “Hunting and Fishing Community Statement on the 30x30 Initiative” that was developed in response to “30 by 30” legislation introduced at the state level in 2020. In the statement, which has currently been signed by sixty-six sporting-conservation organizations, the Coalition highlights the important role that sportsmen and women have played in the conservation of fish, wildlife, and natural ecosystems in the United States. Recognizing this history of conservation successes, the current recommendations present an opportunity to advance pragmatic, successful conservation efforts. The Administration has recognized many of these programs within the America the Beautiful report as well as in comments since its release, however it is essential that the ultimate 30 by 30 efforts incorporate the following key recommendations:

  • Clearly defining “conservation” to support the active management and sustainable use of our nation’s public trust fish and wildlife resources. 
  • Collaborating closely with entities devoted to achieving measurable biodiversity conservation objectives, including:
    • State fish and wildlife management agencies, 
    • Regional fish and wildlife management bodies, 
    • Members of the sporting-conservation community, 
    • The more than 500 federally recognized Native American tribes, and 
    • Private landowners through voluntary, incentive-based opportunities. 
  • Recognizing and including all efforts directly contributing to biodiversity conservation in the forthcoming American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas, including those on lands subject to multiple uses.

    More About the Boone and Crockett Club

    Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. Click here to learn more about the Boone and Crockett Club.