Salt Lake City, Utah: Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that Miles Moretti, President and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation, will be one of the 18 members of the new Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC). The HSSCC is a federal advisory committee that will provide guidance to the Administration on implementation of recent Executive and Secretarial Orders seeking to improve wildlife conservation, as well as recreational hunting and shooting access on federal public land.
“I am privileged to serve with my fellow hunting and shooting sports organizations on the HSSCC. Serving on this Council provides the Mule Deer Foundation with a tremendous opportunity to carry forward the critical conservation work that must occur for mule deer conservation and our hunting heritage,” Moretti stated. “I look forward to working with my fellow members of the Council to advise Secretary Zinke and Secretary Perdue and the agencies that they oversee on the issues that will make the biggest impact for our western wildlife species and the future of hunting.”
The HSSCC members are a diverse group representing the hunting and shooting sports community. Their overall goal will be to advise the Departments in implementing Executive Order No. 13443: Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation, Secretarial Order No. 3347: Conservation Stewardship and Outdoor Recreation, and Secretarial Order No. 3356: Hunting, Fishing, Recreational Shooting, and Wildlife Conservation Opportunities and Coordination with States, Tribes, and Territories. Specific issues on which the Council will work include policies and programs that:
- Conserve and restore wetlands, agricultural lands, grasslands, forests and rangeland habitats;
- Promote opportunities and expand access to hunting and shooting sports on public and private lands;
- Encourage hunting and shooting safety by developing ranges on public lands;
- Recruit and retain new shooters and hunters;
- Increase public awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and the social and economic benefits of hunting and shooting;
- Encourage coordination among the public, hunting and shooting sports community, wildlife conservation groups, state, tribal, territorial, and federal government.
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation. Get involved at www.muledeer.org or call 1-888-375-3337.