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S.C.R. 4

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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

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House Sponsor: Curtis Oda

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recommends that the
             10      Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Wildlife Board make long-term
             11      commitments to public and private partnerships that ensure healthy habitats, abundant
             12      herds, and jobs in the hunting economy.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    commends the citizens of Utah and state agencies for creating innovative public and
             16      private partnerships that create and maintain lands, healthy habitats, and abundant
             17      herds, while expanding our hunting and outdoor economies;
             18          .    recommends that the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Wildlife
             19      Board continue to make long-term commitments to the Western Hunting and
             20      Conservation Expo, private landowners, and those investing substantial resources to
             21      ensure healthy habitats, abundant herds, and jobs in the hunting economy; and
             22          .    encourages additional state efforts to promote Utah's world-class outdoor
             23      recreational opportunities and to further educate tourists and Utah citizens regarding
             24      the role that sportsmen and private landowners play in conserving Utah's lands and
             25      healthy wild populations.
             26      Special Clauses:
             27          None


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             29      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             30          WHEREAS, Utah is now recognized as one of the best places to hunt numerous big
             31      game species in the western United States;
             32          WHEREAS, hunting and wildlife are important elements of Utah's family tradition of
             33      outdoor recreation and the state's outdoor recreation economy;
             34          WHEREAS, other states are experiencing declining herds, declining interests in
             35      hunting, and declining economic activity in their hunting economies;
             36          WHEREAS, 20 years ago, Utah's herds and fisheries were declining, habitat conditions
             37      were degrading, hunter participation was declining, budgets and future revenues were in
             38      question, and conflicts between wildlife and private landowners were increasing;
             39          WHEREAS, in a true pioneering spirit, Utah sportsmen, private landowners, and state
             40      wildlife agencies created new and innovative partnerships and funding methods and focused
             41      their efforts on growth of future conservation of herds, jobs, and revenues;
             42          WHEREAS, the Utah Legislature and the state of Utah has partnered with landowners
             43      and private sportsmen groups to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to restore habitats, fence
             44      highways, expand herds through aggressive transplants, and fund millions in efforts to resolve
             45      private land and wildlife conflicts; and
             46          WHEREAS, the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo has attracted worldwide
             47      attention to promote Utah's land and wildlife conservation, abundant herds, and hunting
             48      economy:
             49          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             50      Governor concurring therein, commends Utah citizens and state agencies for creating
             51      innovative public and private partnerships that create and maintain lands, healthy habitats, and
             52      abundant herds, while expanding hunting and outdoor economies.
             53          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor recommend that
             54      the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Wildlife Board continue to make
             55      long-term commitments to the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, private nonprofit
             56      wildlife conservation groups, private landowners, and those investing substantial resources to
             57      ensure healthy habitats, abundant herds, and jobs in the hunting economy.
             58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor encourage


             59      additional state efforts to promote Utah's world-class outdoor recreational opportunities and to
             60      further educate tourists and Utah citizens regarding the role that sportsmen and private
             61      landowners play in conserving Utah's lands and healthy wild populations of moose, bison,
             62      mountain goat, bighorn sheep, antelope, elk, mule deer, cougar, black bear, wild turkey, and
             63      other species.
             64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Western
             65      Hunting and Conservation Expo, the Division of Wildlife Resources, and the Utah Wildlife
             66      Board.




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