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NBCI Mgt. Board Chair Named to National Council

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner and NBCI Management Board Chair Dr. Jon Gassett has been appointed to a three-year term on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (CLICK HERE), an advisory group established in 2010 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to advise them on wildlife conservation, habitat conservation and hunting.

Gassett, the immediate past president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and past president of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA), is the only state fish and wildlife agency head among the 18 council appointments made by Salazar and Vilsack.

The Living Land: Focusing on Habitat

Chris Lee, operations manager for Des Moines County Conservation, writes “The Living Land” column twice a month for the The Hawkeye, Iowa’s oldest newspaper. In his most recent column, he gives his take on “focus areas,” which is NBCI’s strategy for rangewide restoration of huntable populations of bobwhites.

“Just as technology progresses, so must our approaches to wildlife management. Today, that new approach is using “focus areas” to build concentrated, connected areas of habitat spanning a large area of land,” Chris writes. Check out his column on using the focus area concept to build wildlife populations HERE.

Hunting, Fishing Participation is Up

Good news in the outdoor world. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation found that hunters nationwide increased by 9 percent while anglers grew by 11 percent. Nearly 38 percent of all Americans participated in wildlife-related recreation in 2011, an increase of 2.6 million participants from the previous survey in 2006. They spent $145 billion on related gear, trips and other purchases, such as licenses, tags and land leasing and ownership, representing 1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Other key findings include:

• In 2011, 13.7 million people, 6 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older, went hunting. They spent $34.0 billion on trips, equipment, licenses, and other items in 2011, an average of $2,484 per hunter.
•  More than 33 million people 16 and older fished in 2011, spending $41.8 billion on trips, equipment, licenses, and other items, an average of $1,262 per angler.
•  More than 71 million people engaged in wildlife watching in 2011, spending $55.0 billion on their activities

NBCI Featured on Missouri Radio Show Saturday

NBCI Director Don McKenzie will be the guest on “Hunting, Fishing & Animal Talk with Dan & Doc” that will air on Missouri radio at 8 a.m. central on KFAV 99.9 FM and 3 p.m. central on KWRE 730 AM. Show hosts say that the one-hour program will live stream on the stations’ respective websites.