In a White House meeting attended by Safari Club International, conservation organizations and government officials this week, U.S. President Donald Trump called for federal agencies to get off their duffs and help hunters, anglers, farmers and others.
“And all across the nation, our policies are ensuring that extreme agendas do not stand in the way of responsible use of public lands,” said President Trump. “We’re getting Washington bureaucrats off of their backs, and we want to make sure that they go out and help our hunters, and our fishers, and farmers, and everyone.”
“It is heartening to see that President Trump is taking action that will allow hunters and hunting to enhance the effective stewardship of wildlife and wild places throughout the country,” said SCI President Steve Skold. “Hunters are true conservationists. We applaud President Trump for his leadership in the proper use of the country’s natural resources.”
Joined by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT) and John Barrasso (R-WY); Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and members of his cabinet, including Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, President Trump spoke at length about advancing America’s economic growth while simultaneously protecting America’s precocious natural resources.
Secretary Bernhardt provided an update on the administration’s implementation of the recently passed public lands package, highlighted the role of sportsmen and women in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, and stressed the importance of strengthening the relationship between state and federal agencies.
“The reality is that America leads the world in wilderness and wildlife conservation efforts,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “And under President Trump’s commonsense leadership, every day at Interior we are increasing access to our public lands, increasing recreational opportunities on those public lands, and enhancing our conservation efforts.”
Last month, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under this administrations’ leadership announced plans to open or expand an additional 1.4 million acres in several national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries for new hunting, fishing and recreational activities.
To view the full transcript of President Trump’s remarks, click here.
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