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Gov. Wolf executive order gives voice to hunters, anglers on policy, legislation
Governor Tom Wolf has signed Executive Order 2015-13 to formally establish both the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation and the Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.

“Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation is an important part of Pennsylvania’s civic and cultural life,” Governor Wolf said. “I look forward to hearing from and working with Pennsylvanians who equally cherish these rich traditions. This executive order will help solidify the important role of outdoors enthusiasts in my administration’s policies and priorities.”

While attending the annual kickoff event for a statewide venison donation program called Hunters Sharing the Harvest last week, DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn announced the Governor’s executive order and spoke about the importance of hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts.

“As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches I wanted to take a moment to thank our hunters and anglers for all they’ve done over the years to support conservation,” Secretary Dunn said. “Today, we’ve learned about how hunters work to end hunger by making venison donations to local food banks and needy families through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. These activities are such a rich part of our heritage and this executive orders ensures we will move carefully and deliberately as we make important decisions regarding our natural resources.”

<span style="font-weight: bold">The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation will be comprised of twenty Pennsylvania residents who will offer recommendations and advice on a range of outdoor-related issues, including pending legislation. Among the council’s specific duties will be to recruit, screen and recommend nominees for the boards of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.</span>

The Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation will be made up of twenty youth from around the Commonwealth, ages 14-18, and will be asked to provide the Governor with innovative ideas about how best to engage today’s youth, and future generations, in the conservation of our natural resources and the enhancement our outdoor heritage.

“Here in Pennsylvania, we’re blessed with abundant natural resources that create widespread recreational opportunities for all outdoor recreationalists,” Dunn said. “About 6.4 million people in Pennsylvania enjoy some form of outdoor recreation, like birdwatching, nature photography, hiking, camping, boating and these healthy, family based activities not only improve our quality of life, they enhance our economic well-being.”

Pennsylvania’s two wildlife agencies are sustained primarily from the license fees hunters and anglers pay and from various federal excise taxes they’re charged when they purchase things like firearms, ammunition, fishing tackle, trolling motors and watercraft. Since 1938, when the Pittman-Robertson Act first went into effect, hunters and target shooters across America have provided more than $9 billion to purchase land for wildlife habitat, preserving open space for all citizens, not just those who hunt and fish. And the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act collects about $1 Billion annually at the national level, providing the Fish and Boat Commission with about $13 million annually to help it fulfill its mission.

Outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania accounts for $21.5 billion in consumer spending and supports 219,000 direct jobs. Our hunters and anglers spend about $1.5 billion annually, creating a ripple effect on our economy valued at $2.5 billion; they support roughly the same number of jobs as are provided by our third largest employer, Penn State University.

Individuals interested in volunteering for either council should send a resume and detailed cover letter explaining their desire to serve to Robb Miller, Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, 400 Market St., 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301. Individuals can also email their information to [email protected] The selection process is expected to be competitive and the deadline for applications is January 1, 2016.

A copy of the Executive Order can be viewed here.
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/porta...iles/executive_orders/2010___2019/2015_13.pdf
 

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Preserve the appearance of propriety. Bet it is still good old boy political patronage.
Well who do you think will be on this advisory committee, the ones closet to politicians themselves, that's who. The average joe won't stand a chance as the others who are talented at writing a resume will overpower those who actually know a thing or two. You'll also get those small minority loud mouths who speak for a small percentage of sportsmen, but will go on and say they speak for the majority in order to try and push their personal agendas. The idea was good, but I have no faith in the execution.
 

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So 20 politically connected "Sportsman" will be on his council. Hmmmmmmm.
Politically correct and connected "Sportspersons". Hmmmmmm X's2
 

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Just a buffer to shield himself from the backlash of the hunting/fishing community.

I can't see him having any plans to listen to a Hunter or Fisherman. Unless he inputs his own lackeys who also happen to hunt or fish.
 

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* Been this way since the Ridge administration.

The problem is it is a group of politically significant persons, most repeatedly serving on the board year after year regardless of the occupant in the Governors mansion.

As far as appointing lackey's - Corbett was at the head of the class on that one.


After all these years posting how the system works, I would have thought some here would be able to use history and reality over partisan talking points to make a accurate statement. But alas, politics is the same as supporting the local Pro sports team. Nothing sways or interferes with the positions put out by others... for others to BLINDLY follow.

And for the record - I DO NOT SUPPORT WOLF. He is anti hunting / anti gun, and associated with the animal rights extremists. But then again, the former Chairman of the PA Senate G&F Committee still employs a PETA/ HSUS member as his chief of staff and former chief of staff for the Senate Game and Fish committee.

* That would make him a Republican - who claims to be a hunter.

He is no longer chairman, but still sits on the committee.


Reality guys. Work on facts not the party line.
 

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* Been this way since the Ridge administration.

The problem is it is a group of politically significant persons, most repeatedly serving on the board year after year regardless of the occupant in the Governors mansion.
The article stated this is a brand new advisory board created by the recent exec order, but looking into it further the truth is the exec order is "re-establishing" a board that was created in 1985.
So was the original board ever even disbanded? And if so who recommended the PGC commissioners in the interim or was recommending commissioners even within the scope of the old board?

Wolfe appointed the same guy to head the "new" board (Rob Miller) who was in charge of the "old" during the Rendell administration. Geez, is the front door to the capitol one of those fancy revolving doors?
 

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No need for a " youth council" when it comes to hunting, implement Sunday Hunting and increase youth participation by 50%. Problem solved...
 

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Yes on the revolving doors.

Each governor more ort less has implemented the council since it was created by Ridge.

Problem is, so many of the same people , both R's and D's serve on the board regardless of what part is in charge. Then the board is further stacked with past BOC members and other former appointee's or politically connected.

it is the odd duck that gets appointed as simply being a sportsman concerned for his chosen sport or the great outdoors in general.
 

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Surprised Hanna hasn't emerged from the goo to stake his claim to one of these plum administrator lots. Definitely a patronage job.
 

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When Ridge established a sportsmen's advisory council, most saw it as a positive effort to reach out to PA's sportsmen and women. A group that had received sporadic attention for many years.

Most politicians paid lip service to hunters, anglers and conservationists during election campaigns, then went bact to taking them for granted once in office. At least Ridge recognized the value of some minimal contact with such a group of people that cared about hunting, fishing and conservation in general.

Already knew, or came to know, several of those on the initial advisory council. All were involved with such established orgs as PA-NWTF, United Bowhunters, NRA, PFSC, Unified Sportsmen and many other sportsmen's orgs and clubs from around the state.

Few of the ones on the council that I've known, had any political connections. Those with political connections got the advisor to the Governor position, in charge of the advisory council itself.

Rendell made the council "broader in scope", in that many other outdoor groups were brought in. He thought it a good idea, kind of watered down the original intent of focusing on wildlife and the outdoors, tending more towards including those that hiked, biked, etc. Fine, but it is the hunters, anglers and firearms owners that pay the freight for keeping wildlife and their habitats in fairly good shape. The youth council was a good addition, in my opinion. They never failed to impress with their enthusiasm, dedication and positive views for the future.

Corbett expanded his council in size. My opinion, too many to have any useful purpose. Whether of not such a council has any real impact on sportsmen's issues, usually depends on the members and the Governor.

Members that don't really care enough to voice opinions or push issues, are useless. A governor that really isn't interested in hearing the views of the sportsmen and women, is even worse.
 

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So...how many of you applied for this?
 
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