White House conference will also celebrate centennial of first Conservation Conference

Whitetails Unlimited has donated $2,500 to help fund a marketing and public relations campaign to increase awareness of the upcoming White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy. The conference will be held in September in Washington, D.C.

The conference was established by an Executive Order from President Bush, and called for federal agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat. This conference will be held on the centennial of the first Conservation Conference, called by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1908.

The awareness campaign is being coordinated by American Wildlife Conservation Partners, of which WTU is a member, and is intended to increase awareness of the conference and its recommendations in both traditional outdoor publications, as well as the general media. “This is an extremely important conference, but it’s not enough for all of the conservation groups to get together,” said WTU Executive Director Pete Gerl. “We have to make sure the ideas, facts, and the truth of wildlife management and regulated hunting are provided to the American public. Whitetails Unlimited is pleased to help in this educational effort,” by donating money to the awareness campaign.

This conference will provide the basis for a 10-year Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Resource Conservation Plan for the federal government. The Sporting Conservation Council is a federal advisory committee created to advise the Department of the Interior and the Agriculture Department on conservation issues of interest to the hunting community. The SCC and partners will work closely with federal agencies, Congress, Indian tribes and states to implement the conference’s recommendations.

“There is a tremendous amount of work going into this conference by a lot of very talented people,” said Gerl, “and we don’t want the information to just go into a binder on someone’s shelf. The more information we can get out to the general public prior to the conference, the better off we’ll all be, and the easier it will be to get the conference recommendations implemented in the future.”

Other partners donating to date for the awareness effort include the Boone & Crockett Club, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Conservation Force, National Shooting Sports Foundation and Safari Club International.