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March 12, 2002 Beth Ruth (614) 888-4868 x 214
Sportsmen Win Court Battle to Protect Wildlife Management
(Columbus) - A court ruling yesterday deals a major setback to an
campaign that has worked for years to remove sportsmen as the
for this nation's wildlife programs.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (formerly the Wildlife
Fund of America) had been fighting a lawsuit filed by the Sierra
against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the
States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In his ruling, Judge
Enslen ruled against the Sierra Club, clearing the way for
sportsman-supported wildlife conservation to continue.
In the suit, the Sierra Club made five specific complaints against
and the USFWS. The complaints involved land management issues,
forestry practices that benefit game species including white-tailed
wild turkey and ruffed grouse, as well as various non-game animals.
Other sportsmen's organizations working on the effort included the
Wild Turkey Federation, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and
Ruffed Grouse Society.
"We had to get involved because we knew that a ruling in
Michigan in favor
of the environmentalists would spell the end of programs that have
abundant wildlife for hunters and anglers across the country,"
Story, U. S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation vice president.
protects hunting programs for all sportsmen and will go far toward
the spread of these cases to other states. "
The Sierra Club has filed several suits in recent years that
use of Pittman-Robertson (P-R) and Dingell-Johnson (D-J) dollars for
wildlife programs that include hunting, fishing and trapping.
The P-R and
D-J programs distribute funding to the states generated by an excise
sporting arms and ammunition and fishing gear. The tax is borne by
Story explained the significance of the latest court decision.
"This victory sets another precedent to ensure that sportsmen
remain in the
funding picture for fish and wildlife conservation," he said.
"In 1996, we
prevailed over the Sierra Club in a suit that challenged the use of
dollars for a moose management program in Vermont. When the
goes to another state with its next suit, the judge will have two
favorable to sportsmen on which to base a decision."
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation protects and defends
wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits - hunting, fishing
trapping - that generate the money to pay for them. The U.S.
Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal
research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct
coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability
more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation and
work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.
At the beginning of 2002, the Wildlife Conservation Fund of America
its name to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation. This
change was made
so that our organization could position itself to better serve the
sportsmen and sportswomen. Our organization can best be
described as "the
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, formerly the Wildlife
Fund of America." We are trying to avoid using the
acronym "USSAF" to help
build familiarity among the sportsmen's community with our new name.
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