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Monday, February 6 • 1:20pm - 5:00pm
Overview of Symposium S4. Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources

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Kristal Stoner; Kristal.stoner@nebraska.gov 

Abstract: Our nation is facing a conservation crisis. Unless we start investing in proactive conservation measures, our nation’s rich natural heritage and vital natural resource-based economy will face an uncertain future. New dedicated funding is needed now to ensure the long-term health of all fish and wildlife. This conservation crisis also extends to people. More Americans than ever before are becoming disconnected from nature and the outdoors. This change is having profound implications on our citizens’ and the relevancy of fish and wildlife conservation. To safeguard the future of our country’s fish and wildlife, we must expand access and opportunities to bring the benefits of nature to all Americans. The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, comprised of national business and conservation leaders, was convened to evaluate and recommend a more sustainable funding approach to avert a fish and wildlife conservation crisis. The Blue Ribbon Panel has announced their recommendations and is taking action to increase investment in fish and wildlife conservation.

Monday February 6, 2017 1:20pm - 5:00pm CST
Grand Ballroom E