In an effort to advocate for hunters and traditional, active management of wildlife and habitats, while also promoting conservation over preservation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined 54 other partner groups in forwarding a set of formal recommendations for the Biden administration’s “America the Beautiful” or “Thirty by Thirty” initiative.
The recommendations reflect the priorities first outlined in the Hunt Fish 30×30 Coalition’s “Hunting and Fishing Community Statement on the 30×30 Initiative,” several of which are highlighted below:
- 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.
(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)