Media Advisory – Teleconference Call on Sustaining America’s Fish & Wildlife Resources

Energy, Business and Conservation Leaders to Announce Strategy to Prevent Endangered Species Crisis Via Telephone Press Conference on March 2 at 3:00 pm EST

Contact:         Jodi Stemler (703) 915-1386

                      Patricia Allen (202) 838-3461

A group of energy, business and conservation leaders will release their recommendations on how to avert the growing fish and wildlife crisis in this country. The number of species petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act has increased by 1,000 percent in the past five years. In addition, over 12,000 species have been identified by states as species in greatest conservation need. The recommendations to be released on March 2 represent the vision of a diverse group of 26 conservation and business leaders and focus on how to proactively manage species to reduce taxpayer costs and the regulatory red tape that comes when species are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources was created in 2014 to develop policy options on the most sustainable and equitable model to fund conservation of the full array of fish and wildlife species. The panel was co-chaired by former Wyoming governor, David Freudenthal, and John L. Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops and includes representatives from the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state fish and wildlife agencies.

Who:    Dave Chanda, Director of the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife and President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies   

            David Freudenthal, Former Governor State of Wyoming; Senior Counsel, Crowell and Moring

            John Morris, Founder Bass Pro Shops (Invited)

            Jeff Crane, President Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

            Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation

When:    Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST

Dial In: 800-768-2950