AWCP Vision for the Future
- A future in which all wildlife and private and public habitats are abundant,
maintained, and enhanced;
- A future in which hunting, trapping, and other outdoor interests are supported
by the public to maintain America's great wildlife conservation heritage and
- A future in which natural resource policies encourage, empower, and reward
stewardship and responsible use;
- And a future in which all people are committed to principles of scientific wildlife
management, where wildlife is held in public trust, and where the use of resources
Below is a shortlist of issues that, if not resolved, could soon put American wildlife and wildlife management at risk:
- Deteriorating Habitats in federal forests and rangelands; especially lands at risk for uncharacteristic wildfires.
- The authority of state natural resource agencies to manage fish and wildlife populations, within their borders, is waning.
- Declines in hunter participation indicate the hunting heritage of America is at risk, and the tradition of American game management along with it.
- Public polarization over wildlife issues is increasing daily.
- Private lands do not have adequate incentives to follow wildlife conservation plans.
- The active management of federal lands is hampered by the multitude of regulations that dictate management of said land.
The recommendations offered in Wildlife for the 21st Century represent a general agreement of the partners and are necessary to resolve these issues and continue to ensure the success of wildlife and wildlife management in America. Not all partners necessarily support each and every position and each reserves the right of independent positions on any issue.