Earlier today, Andy Treharne, the Senior Director of External Affairs for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during the hearing titled “Examining Biodiversity Loss: Drivers, Impacts, and Potential Solutions”.
As the sole representative from the sporting-conservation community, Treharne took the opportunity to draw the Committee’s attention to the historical contributions of America’s sportsmen and women, the true conservationists. Additionally, in his testimony, Treharne focused on 21st century conservation funding such as the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, addressing terrestrial and aquatic habitat fragmentation through programs such as wildlife crossings, wildlife corridors, and fish passage. Treharne also took advantage of this opportunity to focus on collaborative conservation programs such as the recently authorized National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the “America the Beautiful” report.
CSF applauds the Committee, including Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members Chairman Carper (WV) and Ranking Member Capito (WV), for their work to hold a strongly bipartisan, collaborative hearing. CSF appreciates the commitment of the Committee to continue leading on issues of utmost importance to our time-honored traditions of hunting, fishing, trapping, and recreational shooting.
“As the America’s original conservationists, sportsmen and women are acutely aware of increasing biodiversity loss,” said Treharne. “On the flip side of that same coin, sportsmen and women have been finding innovative ways to conserve fish, wildlife, and their associated habitats for decades. Conservation is something we as sportsmen and women have been leading on for over 80 years, and we remain fully committed and focused on doing so.”
CSF appreciates the Committee for holding a hearing on this issue as well as the opportunity to testify as a leader in the sporting-conservation community.
Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.