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Lives of hunting and park concessions advisory groups extended

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The U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) announced that it is extending the lives of two advisory boards scheduled for termination. DoI announced in the Federal Register of Friday, April 18, 2014 that it is renewing the charter of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. The same day, DoI also declared that it is renewing the National Park Service Concessions Management Advisory Board.

The wildlife council will get a two-year extension. The group provides policy and technical guidance to both DoI and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on wildlife and habitat management, hunting and other shooting sports, tourism and other outdoor recreation. It consists of 25 members. The members include heads of the relevant agencies and representatives of national recreation groups, including hunters, archers, educators, tour guides and equipment manufacturers.

For more info about the council, contact Joshua Winchell, council coordinator, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), (703) 358-2639.

The council will be working on a variety of matters to give guidance to FWS, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency. Matters include implementing the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Resource Conservation Plan – A Ten-Year Plan for Implementation.. It also tries to educate the public on wildlife management, ethics in outdoor sports and getting people involved in conservation. The council recommends ways to provide access for recreational shooting and hunting and evaluates federal policies.

The advisory board, which serves the National Park Service (NPS), meanwhile, needs to be renewed every two years too. It consists of seven members representing a variety of interests. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell declared that it will serve the public interest to continue the life of the board.

For more information on the board, contact Erica Chavis, concessions management specialist, NPS, Commercial Services Program, 1201 I St. NW, 11th floor, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 513-7156.

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