Sportsmen's community gathers at AWCP Annual Summit 

DU and partners discuss America's hunting heritage 
The American Wildlife Conservation Partners held its annual summit in Elkton, Oregon, last week to discuss current issues facing the hunting and sporting community. The AWCP consists of more than 40 organizations, representing 6 million people. The purpose of the partnership is to facilitate communication within the wildlife conservation community, as well as between the community, elected and appointed officials, and policy makers at the federal level. Representing Ducks Unlimited at the conference were DU Director of the Governmental Affairs Office Scott Sutherland and DU Director of Public Policy Barton James. 

"Highlighting sportsmen's issues is important to both waterfowl conservation and our economy," James said. "Outdoor recreation, like hunting, helps to boost local economies and create jobs." Overall, hunting and fishing support more than 1.6 million jobs and generate more than $25 billion a year in federal, state and local taxes. Hunters and anglers in the United States spend about $76 billion per year pursuing their outdoor passions.

The summit provides a way for the nation's top hunting and outdoors organizations to collaborate on the various issues and initiatives concerning the sportsmen community, including the AWCP's Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume III. This document, which DU had a pivotal role in drafting, serves as a way for the group to present their priority recommendations for resolving major national issues facing our hunting heritage and wildlife conservation.

"It is important that the hunting and sporting community provide our nation's leaders with the recommendations that are necessary to ensure sportsmen's rights and wildlife resources are sufficiently protected and managed," James said. "By participating in the AWCP Summit and providing our expertise for the Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume III, DU is working to make certain the issues facing waterfowl are properly addressed." 

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