The IWJV is pleased to share the news that one of its longest-standing Management Board members and stalwart conservation champion has been appointed to serve on the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC).
Miles Moretti, President and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation, has been appointed by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to be one of the 18 members of the new Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC). The HSSCC is a federal advisory committee that will provide guidance to the Administration on implementation of recent Executive and Secretarial Orders seeking to improve wildlife conservation, as well as recreational hunting and shooting access on federal public land.
Three elements of the Council’s charge are well-aligned with Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) goals:
- Conserve and restore wetlands, agricultural lands, grasslands, forests and rangeland habitats;
- Increase public awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and the social and economic benefits of hunting and shooting;
- Encourage coordination among the public, hunting and shooting sports community, wildlife conservation groups, state, tribal, territorial, and federal government.
“Miles has been a fixture on the IWJV Management Board for nearly two decades and has been one of the strongest champions for the Joint Venture model of conservation through partnerships,” said Dave Smith, IWJV Coordinator. “He cares deeply about the future of hunting and wildlife conservation, and has worked relentlessly to support the IWJV and our partnership in Washington, DC. This prestigious appointment is a testament to his leadership, pragmatism, and proven effectiveness in the conservation arena.”