MISSOULA, Mont. (May 23, 2018) – Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has selected five Boone and Crockett Club members for the Interior’s Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council along with three more members serving as alternates. The council’s role is to advise the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture on existing and proposed policies that affect wildlife and habitat conservation.
“This is how conservation was established and has been maintained and advanced in this country,” said Ben B. Hollingsworth Jr., president of the Boone and Crockett Club. “Roosevelt built a network of experts passionate about wild places and wild things to ensure that generations of people would have the opportunity to enjoy them, and a lot of these conservationists were members of the Club.”
Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell founded the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887 to address the decline of wildlife, especially game species on a national scale.
Newly appointed to the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council include:
“Conservation is a complex business that has no finish line,” stated Hollingsworth Jr. “It takes strong leadership, knowledge, passion, and commitment especially today when so many seem to have lost sight of what conservation is and what it can deliver. Secretary Zinke is to be commended. His new council is loaded top-to-bottom with some of the brightest minds in the business.”
About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest conservation organization in North America and helped to establish the principles of wildlife and habitat conservation, hunter ethics, as well as many of the institutions, expert agencies, science and funding mechanisms for conservation. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. For details, visit www.boone-crockett.org.