RGS President & CEO John Eichinger Discusses Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act at Senate Roundtable


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United States Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee


 Washington, DC – Wednesday, May 20, Senate Democrats hosted a meeting with conservationists and sportsmen and women from across the country.  The conversation focused on promoting healthy forests, wildlife habitats, and clean waters that support hunting, fishing, and bird watching. Senators also discussed the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, which would help ensure that anglers and hunters can access public lands, boosting our nation’s outdoor recreation economy.  Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and a cosponsor of the Act, led the discussion, along with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the bill’s lead Democratic cosponsor.

“I commend all the hunters, anglers, and conservationists who joined us today and have devoted their hearts and energies to promoting the healthy forests, wildlife habitats, and clean waters that support our nation’s cherished outdoor traditions,” said Klobuchar.  “We must continue to promote conservation policies that create jobs and support rural communities, while helping ensure that our public lands remain open to sportsmen and women from one generation to the next.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to host this group of dedicated leaders from across the nation. Given the recent efforts to transfer or sell off America’s public lands, the voices of sportsmen and conservationists are more important than ever. I’m pleased that the Sportsmen’s Act is gaining momentum and earning widespread, bipartisan support. Hunting and fishing are a way of life for millions of Americans – especially in New Mexico where outdoor recreation as a whole is directly responsible for 68,000 jobs. Our nation's public lands are part of the fabric of our democracy, and I remain deeply committed to preserving them for future generations to enjoy,” said Heinrich.

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Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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