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12-19-2008, 09:54 PM
Historic Day for NJ Outdoorsmen and Outdoorswomen As Conservation Caucus Formed

12/16/08

New Jersey's nearly 1,000,000 anglers, hunters and trappers are claiming a historic day. They are referring to the creation and first official meeting of the New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus (NJAHCC), a bipartisan assembly of political leaders and recreational outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen dedicated to advancing the state's conservation interests.

The NJAHCC was initiated and organized by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney (Democratic Majority Leader) at the suggestion, and with the cooperation, of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. The Caucus is comprised of a total of 26 senators and assemblypersons.

Senator Sweeney, whose Third Legislative District includes Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem counties said, "The Caucus will ensure maintenance of the State's critical natural resources, help augment the economic boost provided by the hunting and fishing industries and advance environmental concerns by promoting healthy habitats for wildlife." He added, "Sportsmen of New Jersey should have an outlet in the Legislature so they can explain their concerns in their own terms."

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr, Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, an organization representing anglers, hunters, trappers, foresters and other conservation-minded groups said," It is truly a historic day. The Caucus will provide opportunities for legislators, outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen to share information and to educate and inspire each other about the challenges and possibilities of New Jersey's forest, marine, fish and wildlife resources. We applaud the insight and initiative of Senator Sweeney and the member legislators."
It was noted during the meeting that anglers, hunters and trappers are a vital economic benefit for the state. Their purchase of outdoor-related equipment, licenses, tags and incidentals such as gas, tolls, food and lodging contribute 1 billion dollars to New Jersey's economy. These sales directly support sixteen thousand jobs and generate approximately $109,000,000 in state and local taxes.

NJOACF Council Members:
Reef Rescue * NJ State Federation Sportsmen's Clubs * Jersey Coast Anglers Association * Recreational Fishing Alliance * Trout Unlimited * National Wild Turkey Federation * NJ Beach Buggy Association * Hudson River Fishermen's Association * United Bow Hunters NJ * New Jersey Council Diving Clubs * NJ Trappers Association * NJ Forestry Association * Society of American Foresters * Quail Unlimited * Ruffed Grouse Society * NJOA

Media Contact:
Senator Stephen M. Sweeney (856) 251-9801 or Anthony P. Mauro, Sr., NJOA (732) 332-9800