WASHINGTON – Members of the sportsman-conservationist community joined in welcoming Sen. Debbie Stabenow as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership announced today.
Responsible for legislative oversight of matters relating to the nation’s agriculture industry, farming programs and forestry, the committee plays a key role in determining funding for private-lands conservation programs central to American hunting and angling traditions. Stabenow has served on the agriculture committees in the Michigan legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
“The nation’s sportsmen welcome Senator Stabenow in her new role as leader of this important committee,” said Tom Franklin, TRCP director of policy and government relations, “and we pledge our support of her efforts to ensure the foresighted management and conservation of agricultural lands that provide habitat for fish and wildlife and are relied upon by hunters and anglers.”
Agricultural- and private-lands conservation forms a cornerstone of the TRCP’s policy work, and the efforts of the TRCP and its partner groups were instrumental in the inclusion of and improvements to critical conservation programs in the 2008 Farm Bill. The TRCP’s farm policy work is guided by the Agriculture and Wildlife Working Group, a coalition of representatives from the nation’s leading conservation and sportsmen’s organizations that currently is developing recommendations on conservation programs for the 2012 Farm Bill.
“The 2008 Farm Bill increased total spending on conservation programs by approximately $4 billion to about $7.9 billion through 2012,” said Jennifer Mock Schaeffer, Farm Bill coordinator for the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and chair of the TRCP Agriculture and Wildlife Working Group. “Senator Stabenow’s leadership in these crucial months leading up to the 2012 Farm Bill will be essential in assuring that the advances we’ve made in agricultural-lands conservation are sustained in the time to come.”
“Ducks Unlimited applauds Senator Debbie Stabenow in her new role as chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry,” said Dan Wrinn, director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited and TRCP working group member. “She has a proven track record as a strong supporter of waterfowl conservation and sportsmen.”
“We are pleased to welcome the senator as committee chair – and note her support of vital conservation programs and America’s hunting traditions as solid foundation,” said Dave Nomsen, vice president of government affairs with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever and TRCP working group member. “Senator Stabenow understands the passions of hunters and our investment in fish and wildlife conservation, and we look forward to working with her and the other committee members on the challenges that lie ahead.”