The Pope and Young Club, a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization, announces its ongoing involvement in the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP).

The AWCP is a consortium of 46 organizations, representing over 6 million individual members. AWCP is designed to facilitate communication within the wildlife conservation community and between our community and elected and appointed officials and policy makers at the federal and state levels.

Every four years, concurrent with the presidential election cycle, AWCP drafts a series of recommendations that represent a general agreement of the partner organizations and outline steps necessary to promote the conservation and management of wildlife in America.  AWCP organizations also participate in “sign-on” letters addressed to federal and state officials; these letters usually advocate a position on matters of high importance to the conservation of America’s wildlife, habitat and to the preservation of America’s hunting and fishing heritage.

AWCP has, to date, enjoyed considerable success.  AWCP partner organizations were instrumental in helping to secure the passage of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 and in expanding the reach of important Farm Bill conservation programs.  In 2005, AWCP held the first ever hunting summit with the Secretary of the Interior, which was the inspiration for the establishment of the 2006 Sporting Conservation Council, a federal advisory committee to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture; President Bush’s 2007 Executive Order 13443; Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation; and the subsequent 2008 North American Wildlife Policy Conference.

“Unfortunately most sportsmen are not aware of the AWCP or what it does for them. Considering the widespread apathy within the hunting and fishing community it is very fortunate AWCP is there to represent them, especially at the national level,” noted Pope &Young Conservation Chairman, Mike Schlegel.

AWCP’s dedication to securing the future of America’s wildlife and hunting heritage is unequivocal and unequaled. As we move forward into the 21st Century, AWCP member organizations are well-positioned to maintain a strong leadership role for America’s hunters in wildlife conservation especially through pursuit of the ten theme recommendations in Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume IV, and through implementation and fulfillment of the Ten-Year Action Plan resulting from the 2008 North American Wildlife Policy Conference.

Established in 1961, the Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation.  The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.

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