During challenging times, Americans traditionally look to the outdoors for relief and diversion. For 30 years, the work of CSF has been to ensure that American hunters and anglers, sport shooters and trappers, the traditional guardians of our public lands and wildlife, continue to have the best available opportunities to enjoy our lands. CSF remains committed to advancing and protecting the rights and privileges of the American sportsman.
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On Capitol Hill
USDA Announces 1.2 Million New Acres Enrolled During Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands Sign-Up
On July 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 1.2 million acres were enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands.  Read More > >
In the States
Inter-Mountain West: 2020 Legislative Wrap-Up
Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator
The Inter-Mountain West regions' legislative sessions have concluded for the year. Members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation's (CSF) States Program Team continue to monitor... 
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Maine: MDIFW Hosts Virtual Hearing on Bear Baiting Ban Petition
Contact: Joe Mullin, Northeastern States Senior Coordinator
On July 8, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) testified during a virtual hearing hosted by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), reaffirming our... 
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Michigan to Review 4.6 Million Acre Public Land Strategy
Contact: Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager
As of July 9, the Michigan (MI) Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently reviewing and seeking input on their statewide public land strategy. Originally created in 2013... 
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Mississippi: CSF and Partners Submit Letter Opposing CWD Management Zone Delineation Proposed Rule
Contact: Clay Chester, Southeastern States Coordinator
On July 3, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) joined conservation partners to submit a letter to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Commission... Read More > >
New York: Caucus Advisory Council Hosts Annual Board Meeting, Elects New Leaders
Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States & States Program Administrator
On Tuesday, July 7, the New York Sportsmen's Advisory Council (NYSAC) hosted their annual board meeting at which new leadership was elected. Read More > >
CSF News
CSF Fisheries Policy Director Chris Horton featured in Virtual Conservation Seminar Series on Modern Fish Act at 2020 ICAST Online
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) Fisheries Policy Director Chris Horton will be featured in a virtual conservation seminar series, "The Modern Fish Act: What Progress has been made 1.5 Years Later?" at the 2020 ICAST online event at 3:00 P.M. EST on Monday, July 13. Horton will specifically speak about sections 102 and 103 of the Modern Fish Act, which are Alternative Management Authority and Limited Access Privilege Programs, respectively. The Modern Fish Act was signed into law in January of 2019, and it was the first bill that solely focused on addressing the needs of saltwater recreational fishing. Horton joined several other policy experts in this virtual session in discussing the progress that has been made on the Modern Fish Act since its inception, including the bill's lead author, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Member Sen. Rodger Wicker (R-Miss).

A webinar link will be made available at the time the session is expected to begin. Tune in here!

CSF's Fisheries Policy Director Chris 
Horton with a Cobia. 

CSF's Fisheries Policy Director Presents Seminar Session at 2020 ICAST Online
On Wednesday, July 15, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) Fisheries Policy Director Chris Horton will lead a session as part of the conservation seminar series on how CSF works directly with legislators and governors to amplify the voices of anglers and the sportfishing industry on policy issues related to aquatic resource conservation, fisheries management, and angler access, among other issues. Horton will discuss recent policy efforts and will also feature interviews with Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair Representative Mark Veasey (TX) and Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Member Representative Patrick Brennan.

This session will take place Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 P.M. EST at ICAST online. A webinar link will be made available at the time the session is expected to begin. Tune in here!

CSF is Now Seeking Session Proposals for National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Summit 2020
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation is seeking session ideas and participation from partners to help develop the conference agenda for this year's NASC Summit. Read More > >

Wonders of Wildlife Introduce Conservation Education Gaming Technology
Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum has developed an initiative to bring conservation-educational gaming technology to families at home. "Mission Conservation" is a free mobile gaming platform that revolutionizes the way kids learn about nature. This is an interactive game with prizes! Each Monday will begin a new mission. Check out what today's mission is by downloading the  Agents of Discovery  app, and get your kids started on their exploring!
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