40 conservation groups issue letter condemning proposed lead ban on USFWS public lands

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“The undersigned hunting, fishing, and other conservation organizations, representing millions of sportsmen and women across the United States, are aware from court filings in the above referenced litigation, that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is engaged in settlement discussions with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). We respectfully request that the Service reject any settlement of pending litigation that would undermine or reduce the expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges. A settlement would be inconsistent with the Service’s responsibilities under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Improvement Act). The Improvement Act directs the Service to prioritize the expansion of hunting and fishing on refuges. To this end, we also applaud your leadership and the recent expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on 2.1 million acres (announced in August of 2021).” — coalition letter to USFWS Director Martha Williams (March 11, 2022)

Photo Credit: Gabriella Hoffman – Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge 

  • Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at www.gabriellahoffman.com

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