Washington, DC – On behalf of millions of sportsmen and women across America, Safari Club International’s (SCI) Director of Hunter Advocacy Melissa Simpson testified Friday, September 09, 2011, before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee. The testimony was in support of H.R. 1444 and H.R. 2834, both of which would require that hunting and fishing activities be included in all management plans set forth by federal agencies for publicly owned lands.

“Sportsmen and women have been advocating for years that hunting and fishing should be recognized as a recreational priority in every land and resource management plan,” Simpson said. “This legislation has become necessary due to anti-hunting radicals that are attempting to use the courts to limit public land hunting opportunities and sever the link between hunting and conservation. These bills are drafted in the spirit of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act which recognized the importance of hunting on Wildlife Refuges and passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.”

SCI believes that federal lands should be managed for multiple-use. H.R. 1444 and H.R. 2834 would require that hunting be included in all land management plans established by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture.

“SCI applauds those members of Congress who have introduced and support these bills and all other legislation that helps to safeguard our hunting heritage,” Simpson continued. “We look forward to working with the Natural Resources Committee to pass this important legislation as we continue our fight to protect the freedom to hunt.”

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