The Federal Interagency Coordination on Outdoor Recreation
The Federal Interagency Coordination on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) was established as a part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. One of the roles of FICOR is to coordinate on outdoor recreational opportunities. FICOR includes the US Forest Service, the Department of the Interior, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA, but does not include state or tribal entities.
WHHCC Letter Commenting on the Vision Document for the National Wildlife Refuge System
The WHHCC sent a letter to the Department of the Interior commenting on the vision document for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The WHHCC called for further emphasis on the role of hunters and anglers in wildlife conservation. Additionally the WHHCC suggested additional employee training for employees about the North American model for conservation and specifically drew attention to action items 23, 24 and 25 in the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan. The WHHCC followed up the letter to the DOI with a subsequent letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service reiterating its support and willingness to provide implementation teams on: strategic growth; communications; hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation; and interpretation and education.
WHHCC Letter on Hunting and Shooting Sports Recruitment and Retention
The WHHCC sent letters to the secretaries of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to promote hunting and shooting sports. These letters addressed actions related to access, funding, recruitment and coordination.
WHHCC Letter to the USDA Offering Assistance to Coordinate with AFWA
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies contacting the WHHCC requesting the council's assistance in fostering a collaborative relationship with federal agencies. In response, the WHHCC sent a letter to the DOI and USDA offering its assistance to coordinate discussion between AFWA and federal agencies.
WHHCC Comments on U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule
The WHHCC addressed concerns regarding the U.S. Forest Service's proposed Planning Rule with USDA and the USFS. The letter addressed the lack of addressing hunting in the rule. In addition, the letter specifically addressed issues in the proposed rule regarding monitoring requirements and coordination between federal and state agencies.