President Obama Points Out The Role of Hunters and Anglers in America’s Conservation History
To acknowledge National Hunting and Fishing Day this weekend, President Obama has released a special White House proclamation that reflects the many decades that hunters and anglers in the U.S. have supported funding and have been volunteers for creating wildlife refuges and protecting species. Indeed, it was this community that formed the National Wildlife Federation more than 70 years ago.
“Hunters and anglers have played a key role in the conservation and restoration of numerous species and their natural habitats. They not only understand their pivotal role as stewards of the land, but also seek to pass on this honored tradition to future generations,” said President Barack Obama in his proclamation.
Today’s hunters and anglers bring this spirit to life in the forests and streams they visit. If not for America’s great hunters and anglers, like President Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold, our nation would not enjoy sound game management; a system of ethical, science-based game laws; and an extensive public lands estate on which to pursue the sports. On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we celebrate their contributions to our natural environment and our national heritage,” he said.”