FOR. The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, comprised of national business and conservation leaders, convened in 2015 to recommend a new mechanism to sustainably fund fish and wildlife conservation. In March 2016, the Panel recommended that a $1.3 billion trust fund be created using existing fees from energy and mineral development on federal lands and water to support implementation of State Wildlife Action Plans in every state, territory and the District of Columbia. Read more HERE.
Public Lands Transfer
AGAINST. We believe that Americans depend on our national forests, parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands to provide fish and wildlife habitat and access to places to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. The iconic landscapes of America’s public lands also sustain our economy by supporting an outdoor recreation industry that generates $646 billion in economic benefit annually and supports 6.1 million jobs—and attracting tourists from around the nation. Our public lands, therefore, should NOT be transferred to state and private ownership. Read more HERE.
Crab Orchard Wind Farm
AGAINST. At first glance, wind farms seem like a no-brainer for those of us concerned about our environment and natural resources, right? You would think so. But under closer scrutiny, wind farms don’t hold up so well, and there’s one being proposed in our own Cumberland County, Tennessee. Read Mike Butler’s article about it HERE.
This Tennessee’s Wild Side episode features a fascinating profile of Tennessee conservation legends and best friends Tony Campbell and Mitchell Parks.