SCI Praises the Green River Valley Land Trust's New Initiative

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Safari Club International Praises the Green River Valley Land Trust's New Initiative

7/9/08

Washington, D.C. - Safari Club International has praised the Green River Valley Land Trust's (GRVLT) new wildlife-friendly fencing initiative, the Corridor Conservation Campaign. The Campaign seeks to connect the working lands and wildlife habitats that make Wyoming special. This "ground up" effort will involve a variety of different groups including landowners, land managers, agencies, sportsmen, industry and conservation groups to develop, fund, and implement a set of voluntary tools that landowners can use to sustain Wyoming's wildlife migration routes in the face of increasing development. SCIF's American Wilderness Leadership School will participate in the friendly fencing program as the facility borders the migration corridor in the state.

"SCI is eager to participate in helping to fund this project for big game to make sure that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy Wyoming's wildlife population," said SCI President Merle Shepard.

Lara Ryan, Executive Director of GRVLT thanked SCI for its involvement in this important initiative. "Thanks to the support of sportsmen's groups like SCI, we are now able to offer the tool of wildlife-friendly fencing to agricultural and other interested landowners. We look forward to providing a tangible, on-the-ground and immediate opportunity to work with landowners to conserve wildlife corridors."

"I participated in a tour with landowners, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state agencies, and other parties interested in conservation last week," said Shepard. "It was an amazing opportunity for a leading sportsmen's organization with 55,000 members worldwide, to directly impact conservation at such a significant level," he added.

Shepard went on to say, "It is unfortunate that more conservation and sportsmen groups have not stepped up to offer the financial assistance needed to accomplish this enormous task but rather choose to spend their donation dollars attacking government agencies. This effort will enable migratory species to survive and thrive, that are being impacted by the growth in population and ranchers being forced to sub-divide in Sublette County."

Media Contact:
Nelson Freeman
Governmental Affairs
and Public Relations
Safari Club International
(202) 543 - 8733
nfreeman@safariclub.org
 

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