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July 29, 2010

DNR agency director named to federal advisory council

S.C. Department of Natural Resources agency Director John Frampton was recently named for a two year term as one of 18 members of the newly formed federal Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. The advisory group was created earlier this year to advise the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture about recreational hunting and shooting sports activities and associated wildlife and habitat conservation.

 "We have a responsibility to help ensure our state and nation's natural resources are preserved for the benefit of future generations," said Director Frampton. "The Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council represents an opportunity to expand our partnership with conservation organizations that will improve the health and management of America’s public and private lands."

"Hunters long have taken the lead in the conservation of our nation’s wildlife and its habitat, and I am pleased so many of the leaders in our nation’s hunting and conservation community have accepted an invitation to serve on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council," said Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior. "I look forward to working with the council to help fulfill my generation’s obligation to ensure that the next generation enjoys a thriving wildlife heritage."

"Hunting and fishing are parts of the very fabric of America," said Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. "No one knows how to improve grasslands, forests, rivers and streams better than sportsmen. Members of this council will play a significant role in improving water and forest health, and creating jobs in rural communities."

Council members will advise the federal government on policies related to wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that benefit recreational hunting, benefit wildlife resources and encourage partnerships among the public, the sporting conservation community, the shooting and hunting sports industry, wildlife conservation organizations, the states, Native American tribes and the federal government.

The new council replaces and improves upon the previously existing Sporting Conservation Council by expanding membership to include the hunting and shooting sports industries, as well as including broader representation from the nation’s major hunting organizations.

Revenue generated from hunting licenses, duck stamps and excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment provides billions of dollars to purchase and maintain habitat for wildlife across the nation. Revenues also provide a major source of funding for state wildlife agency conservation work. Natural resources are essential for economic development and contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to South Carolina's economy according to a 2009 study.


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