Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, has been reappointed by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to sit on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council.
Established in 2010, the WHHCC is an advisory group of 18 appointees created to advise the Departments on recreational hunting, wildlife resources, and activities that encourage partnership among the public, conservation community, related industries, and federal and state governments. Gary Kania, Vice President of the CSF, was named as the alternate Council member.
“It is an honor to be reappointed to the WHHCC by Secretary Salazar and Secretary Vilsack. I look forward to continuing to work with the other respected members of the Council to ensure the protection of our conservation heritage,” Crane said. “The WHHCC provides an opportunity for sportsmen and women to advise the federal government on policies related to wildlife and habitat conservation activities that benefit hunting and access to the outdoors.”
Salazar spoke of the Council’s effectiveness in a Department of Interior press release, “During its inaugural term, members of the Council provided important recommendations on conserving wildlife habitat and water resources that are so important to America’s hunting and angling heritage, as well as enhancing access to the great outdoors. I am confident (the) appointments will provide a strong voice to the nation’s conservation and sportsmen communities and ensure that the next generation enjoys a thriving wildlife heritage.”
Crane has also been reappointed by Salazar to the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. The SFBPC plays a key role in shaping national conservation and angling policy through advising the Secretary of the Interior on aquatic conservation endeavors that benefit recreational fishery resources and recreational boating. Kania will serve as the alternate Council member for the SFBPC.