TRCP Unveils 2013 Policy Agenda 1-24-2013

         January 24, 2013

The TRCP’s 2013 Conservation Policy Agenda outlines practical, solution-focused approaches to natural resource management challenges. In an era characterized by partisan gridlock, the need for balanced strategies that speak to both sides of the political divide is more crucial now than ever before.

The TRCP’s 2013 playbook of priority issues for the sportsmen’s community includes a new focal area for the group – water scarcity and the need for policy that safeguards and responsibly manages the nation’s water supply – and spotlights new and ongoing federal funding challenges and policy issues key to the nation’s public and privately owned lands.

Developed collaboratively with the TRCP’s individual and organizational partners, which include national hunting, fishing and conservation organizations, labor unions and grassroots sportsmen, the report outlines the sportsmen’s consensus priorities over the coming year.

Issues highlighted in the TRCP 2013 Conservation Policy Agenda include the following:

developing new incentives to safeguard precious natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat – and to sustain and expand public access for hunting and fishing – through strongly funded conservation programs in the federal budget;
defending disproportionate cuts to the funding of – and the elimination of existing funding to – key federal conservation;
facilitating passage of a full, five-year farm bill as swiftly as possible;
advancing the BLM’s work to administratively conserve high-value backcountry fish and wildlife habitat through land-use planning processes in consideration of input from Western sportsmen and other stakeholders;
securing the passage of climate change legislation that provides secure, long-term funding for state fish and wildlife agencies to address the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife by protecting and improving habitats and maintaining healthy, connected and genetically diverse populations;
influencing development of policy guiding renewable energy development, particularly solar and wind energy, on public lands.

Read the complete TRCP 2013 Conservation Policy Agenda.

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