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USA - Hunting, Fishing Groups Release Statement on 30 by 30 Concept

Monday, National Wild Turkey Federation joins the voices of the nation’s leading hunting, fishing and habitat conservation organizations to support the Thirty by Thirty Initiative (30 by 30 Initiative) to establish a goal of placing 30% of the planet’s lands and waters under protected status by the year 2030.

Given the historic and ongoing role that hunters and anglers have played in land, water, fish, and wildlife conservation in the United States, the Hunting and Fishing Community Statement expresses support for:

Given the historic and ongoing role that hunters and anglers have played in land, water, fish, and wildlife conservation in the United States, the Hunting and Fishing Community Statement expresses support for:

• Recognizing the positive role that hunting and fishing play in conservation;
• Protected area definitions that allow for well-managed and sustainable wildlife-dependent activities;
• Consideration of existing protected areas and other management strategies that achieve biodiversity conservation in measuring progress toward stated goals;
• Targeted, science-based conservation measures developed through a stakeholder-driven process to address biodiversity threats; and
• Clearly defined roles and authorities for the entities charged with carrying out the 30 by 30 Initiative proposal.

“Protection of America’s lands and waters is something that should be important to every sportsperson,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “As these protections are considered, it is essential that the benefits of active management are recognized for biodiversity. It is also critical that regulated hunting and fishing be allowed to continue where appropriate. Not only is regulated hunting and fishing compatible, but at times essential for managing biodiversity and ensuring sportspersons’ support. Sportsmen and sportswomen have always been champions of conservation for all species and habitats.”

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