In August 2000, America’s leading wildlife conservation organizations gathered as guests of the Boone and Crockett Club in Missoula, Montana. These dedicated hunter/conservationists met for one purpose: To identify how to best work collectively to help chart the course for the future of wildlife conservation in the US.
The American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) evolved from this initial gathering. AWCP is not an organization per se; rather, it is a consortium of 44 organizations, representing over 6 million individual members. AWCP is designed to facilitate communication within the wildlife conservation community and between our community and elected and appointed officials and policy makers at the federal level. We are encouraged by the many successes made possible through the cooperation of dedicated conservationists within the private and public sectors. Still, the future of wildlife conservation and our hunting heritage faces many challenges.
Conservation, in America, has been a theme since the civil war era, and continues to grow in policies and influence. The uncoordinated laws, regulations and policies on federal land, are barriers to sustainable use of forests and range lands. AWCP works to avoid these barriers.
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