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September 22, 2003                                                                                   Chuck Ardo   717-783-1116
Governor Rendell Creates Advisory Council
on Hunting, Fishing, Conservation


            HARRISBURG:  Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hunting, Fishing and Conservation to provide advice on protecting, promoting and enhancing the outdoor heritage of the Commonwealth.

“Pennsylvania is blessed with a rich outdoor heritage and abundant natural resources,” Governor Rendell said.  “In addition, our outdoor recreational activities help support more than 100,000 jobs and provide significant economic benefits to our state.  I am confident that the Council will provide an important voice in our efforts to not only maintain our resources for sportsmen and women, but see that we improve them as well.”

Governor Rendell said the Council will consist of between 12 and 21 members, representing a broad-based group of stakeholders who have an interest in the wildlife resources of the Commonwealth.  Members of the Council will be appointed to one-year terms and will serve until their successors have been appointed and qualified.

The Council will work with Robert Miller, the Governor’s Advisor for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.  Miller advises the Governor on matters affecting sportsmen and the management of the Commonwealth’s natural resources by state agencies.  As the Governor’s Advocate, Miller will act as a liaison between the Council and the Governor, making recommendations based on a consensus of opinion from Council members and presenting the Governor with the Council’s policy recommendations.

Each year, nearly 2 million people fish in Pennsylvania.  Residents and visitors combined to take some 18 million fishing trips in the Commonwealth annually.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the American Sportfishing Association estimate fishing and fishing-related activities generate more than $1.6 billion for Pennsylvania’s economy each year.  Hunting also is a major Pennsylvania tradition, as the state sold 1,017,154 general hunting licenses in 2002.

The Executive Order also creates the Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation to help enlist a new generation of individuals committed to protecting, promoting and enhancing the state’s outdoors heritage.

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