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A Reflection on Positive Developments

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted March 2003)
 
A Reflection on Positive Developments
A Speech by John J. Jackson, III, Chairman of Conservation Force
FNAWS Grand Opening Ceremonies, January 23, 2003

(John J. Jackson, III Note: I was asked to give a short, positive speech at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep Convention (FNAWS). It turned out to be a pretext for FNAWS to present me a marble award for "Excellence in Advocacy of Our Hunting Heritage," for which I am greatly honored. The award is a milestone. I share the speech with you for its list of positive developments and to share the recognition of Conservation Force with those of you who support us.)

Dear Fellow Hunters, Members, Officers, and Guest of the Foundation For North American Wild Sheep: I represent Conservation Force. It is a non-profit foundation of professionals that has formed a worldwide coalition of sportsmen's conservation organizations including FNAWS and some of its top affiliates. We help fulfill your conservation, education, and advocacy missions. The name Conservation Force means that American sportsmen like you are the driving "force" behind the conservation of wildlife.

You are indispensable. Sportsmen provided 2.4 billion dollars of the US conservation budget. That is 3/4 of America's wildlife and fisheries management budget. Little would exist without you.

You pay for the management. You pay for the law enforcement. You pay for the research. You pay for the habitat. You pay most of everything and everyone, yet you are paid by - NO-ONE. You are the givers, not the takers. The solid stewards of America's wildlife that have, for example, in fact, put wild sheep back on and keep wild sheep on the mountains.

Conservation Force has been very busy saving hunting, our conservation system and our very way of life. We have been busy fighting listing proposals at CITES Conferences and ESA (Endangered Species Act) petitions that are intended to remove sheep, urial, and game from our "game" books. We've helped defeat the proposal to list Baja desert sheep as "endangered," to list all Urial on Appendix I of CITES, the proposal to list more Markhor as Endangered, and are right this minute fighting the anti-hunters' Argali suit on behalf of FNAWS and its affiliates. This is the most far-reaching, serious suit ever filed against hunting.

We are so embroiled in the effort to save hunting that we sometimes don't stop to recognize the positive side - the pyramid of favorable events and developments over the past 10 to 12 years, or the current promising developments. The hunting world has done a lot to help itself since the late 1980's.

(1) The pyramid of achievements includes the evolution of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and its supporting foundation, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. This 300-plus member caucus is the largest in Congress and serves us well.

(2) The Governor's Heritage Conferences have evolved over little more than a decade. They have added a sophisticated comprehension and strategies to solve our problems in ways we never envisioned.

(3) We developed numerous partnerships and coalitions that greatly serve us, such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation's National Summits. Also, the American Wildlife Conservation Partners formation to ensure that hunters remain the viable leaders of American wildlife conservation for the next 100 years, as they have been for the last 100 years.

(4) The development and welcomed reception of the concept of "sustainable use." The Second World Congress of the IUCN has formally adopted the principle of sustainable use. Regional Sustainable Use Specialist Groups have been formed in every region of the world employing the very concepts that American sportsmen used to save our wildlife in America. Simply put, the concept means that the incentives arising from use, the revenue arising from use, and the interest and support of innumerable stakeholders are to be taken into consideration and made to work for species survival. It is a great adjunct to the decision-making processes that effect us all.

There are innumerable current developments building upon this pyramid of success.

Last Half of 2002

Just in the last six to eight months:

(1) Congressman Richard Pombo has been selected to chair the House Resources Committee. He shares the view of the Western Caucus and is sensitive to sportsmen's interest. He has been at the last two CITES COPs looking out for your interest when no one else cared enough. He has held hearings before and after CITES COPs to make the USF&WS accountable and to answer for what they do that can effect you.

(2) The new Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) is one of us. Director Steve Williams pledged under oath in congressional hearings to re-establish the rightful place, relationship and partnership between hunters and fishermen and the USF&WS. He gives the sportsmen and women of America the credit they are due! It has been a very, very long time since we have been so openly and unabashedly embraced by the Service. What a breath of Fresh Air!

(3) Director Williams is holding the first Conservation Forum in February, 2003 at the Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherds-town, West Virginia, and has invited the leaders of America's sportsmen's conservation organizations as partners to share information and concerns. The forum is intended to be a "springboard to actions."

(4) The Animal Use Issue Task Force has just become a permanent committee of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. (Animal Use Issues Committee) The International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is made up of Directors of states' wildlife departments and leading hunting, fishing, and trapping advocates, who are working together for your interest.

(5) The Commission of Sustainable Use has been founded by the Conseil International de Chasse (CIC) headquartered in Budapest - representing the interest of hunters and hunting as the classic form of sustainable use - linking hunters in more than 80 nations.

(6) The Second World Summit on Sustainable Development has led to a review of the precautionary principle. The 'precautionary principle' has become a tool of the antis used to stop our every step. Its one-sided (incomplete) application has had serious consequences. Conservation leaders (TRAFFIC, FFI, IUCN, Resource Africa and others) have begun a series of case studies in management of natural resources. The purpose of the studies is to demonstrate the improper, over-zealous application of the principle, as well as to provide guidance on its proper application. Over-zealous application of the principle can reduce conservation incentives, revenue and participation by stakeholders that control the destiny of the species. An example relevant to sport hunting is when authorities stop the limited hunting of a game animal out of precaution simply because it is listed, or when they stop hunting because the population number of an animal is unknown even though it is obviously abundant.

(7) The Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus is finally moving into the states to establish a defensive line in the state legislative arena. Long discussed and considered, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation is now implementing state caucuses initially in a dozen states.

(8) The Countryside Alliance in Great Britain mustered one of the largest civil rights marches in history when 407,791 countryside people marched to save hunting and the Countryside way of life in London. It seems the British government does not know that majority tyranny upon minorities is fundamentally unacceptable in a democracy, less no minority have rights.

(9) A federal court has finally recognized the Second Amendment Right of private individuals to bear arms. (Emerson). The 5th Circuit has ruled and, moreover, the US Justice Department has endorsed that decision and followed the lead. It could not have happened more timely.
Think about it - nine promising events in six months!

There is much more. American hunters continue in their role in the American conservation system. No one contributes more in America as a group or per individual. No one spends more time in connection with the great outdoors than big game hunters. They are still doing the best. No one puts more sheep on the mountain. You are the force behind it. Let no one, big or small, slight FNAWS, for the example it sets for all, nor deny FNAWS the recognition that it deserves. Thank you. I am proud to be a life member, to work with you, and for you. Lets all be proud.


Briefly Noted

• Cullman & Hurt Community Wildlife Project: The American Museum of Natural History was built in 1935. The people of New York built it to honor Theodore Roosevelt. Though "Teddy" was a city boy born and bred in the City of New York, he became one of America's greatest hunters, adventurers and wildlife conservationists. He felt that conservation means restoration ("development") "as much as it means protection." Indeed, America's wildlife has been restored thanks to the system he and his hunting friends forged.

The Museum is most definitely one of the finest natural history museums in the world. Few, if any, compare. In its very center is the Ackeley Hall of African Mammals. Down the center of the Hall is a herd of eight elephants. They are so realistically taxidermied in every detail that they look both alive and in motion. It is an inspiring sight encircled by the finest dioramas of African game I have ever seen. What a place!

On the night of February 6, 2003, Ackeley Hall was the site of the Third Cullman & Hurt Community Wildlife Project Art Auction and Dinner Party. Joseph Cullman 3rd, Robin Hurt, Griffin & Howe and Conservation Force held the event. The guests included Theodore Roosevelt IV and many other celebrities. The 32 original paintings and sculptures were by the leading artists of today, including David Sheperd, Guy Coheleach, John Banovich, Kobus Moller, Lindsay Scott, Brian Jarvi, Daniel Smith, Al Agrew, Mike Ghaui, Johann Koch, Tim Scott-Bolton, Karen Laurence, Dennis Mathews, Peter Gray, Roy Keeler, Paul Augustinus, Ed Aldrich and many others.

Joseph Cullman 3rd sits on the Board of Trustees of the Museum and personally underwrote the costs of the special event. He is living proof that hunters are the pillars of wildlife conservation. He chaired the Philip Morris family of companies for more than two decades, including its Marlboro cigarettes, Kraft foods and Miller Brewing companies. He is one of the original 1,000 founding members of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and he housed WWF's headquarters in his Philip Morris New York office when WWF began. He is the First Honorary Trustee of WWF and has been on and off of its Board throughout its years. When safari hunting in Tanzania in 1990, he founded the Cullman & Hurt Community Wildlife Project, which is the foremost community conservation model of its kind in the world. Today, he remains one of the project's largest benefactors.

The project has constructed 26 schools, six medical dispensaries, police stations, water wells, teacher housing and much more. It trains and operates two armed, uniformed anti-poaching patrols. Eight vehicles have been furnished for anti-poaching and for use as mobile medical care units. The project rewards 32 village communities for the recovery of poachers' snares. That has led to the confiscation of tens of thousands of wire snares and has spared over 100,000 animals (Example: 15,000 snares in one area alone were confiscated in 1990). It works! Most of the project is funded by clients of Robin Hurt Safaris that contribute a sum equal to ten percent of their trophies fees to the project through tax-deductible donations to Conservation Force.

The select location, people, art and the purpose all made the Art Auction an exceptional occasion. During the evening, there was a standing ovation for Joseph Cullman 3rd, who certainly deserved the honor. Chrissie and I were proud too. Proud of Carl Ackeley's taxidermy, proud of hunter-conservationists such as Roosevelt of yesterday and Joseph Cullman 3rd of today. Proud of Conservation Force and the role it has come to play.

We closed the doors at midnight. We stepped into the crisp night to face the beauty of the stark white, snow-covered trees of Central Park fronting the museum. Large snowflakes were floating down like a message from heaven, a message from Teddy whispering, "Well done! Please do carry on the tradition." Instinctively, I looked for the source in awe of the magic moment. We were beside a giant bronze statue of Teddy atop a horse with an Indian waiting at his side. I stood there with my Indian wife, Chrissie. Indeed, I pledged in thought, "We will carry on." Thank you Teddy, Carl Ackeley, Joseph Cullman 3rd and Robin Hurt. Thank you Griffin & Howe, all the artists and all those who contributed.

• Big Six: The African Professional Hunter's Association (APHA) has resolved to add Hippo to the Big Five list. From here out, it shall be the "Big Six." The inclusion was made at the association's annual membership meeting in January 2003.

The African Professional Hunter's Association is made up of the leading "dangerous game" professional hunters in the world. The association was formed a number of years back for those really proficient in hunting dangerous game who conducted themselves ethically and honorably. Yours truly has been an honorary lay member from its inception. The group provides some support for Conservation Force's attendance at CITES and for networking on other important issues.

The hippo is one of the three largest land mammals in the world. It is extremely dangerous and will not hesitate to charge. When they charge, they mean business. They are noted for their short-fused tempers. The mouth and the teeth of these 4,000-pound animals are the largest in the world and they are scissor-like sharp in front and crushing-grinding molars in the rear. They shear, shake and grind what they bite!

The conditions under which a hunter encounters them really determines how dangerous they are. Hundreds of people have fatal encounters with hippos each year in Africa. When they are not having bloody mating and territorial fights gashing each other, they most certainly will turn their murderous temperament on you. In an uncommon understatement, Peter Capstick wrote "[t]o be caught by a hippo is a singularly nasty way to receive your overdose of Africa."

• Weatherby Award: Rex Baker of Georgia won the 2002 Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award. He has hunted on six continents and collected over 275 species from 60 countries, 221 of which are in the record books. Upon being recognized as the world's greatest hunter, Rex explained, "I love it... I can't live without it... To hunt is man's nature..." To get the award, you must love to hunt. You must love to be in the wild. All those who know Rex know that he is deserving of hunting's highest award of achievement.

Author Wilbur Smith presented the award. He said, "I am proud to tell you I am a hunter..." Hunters "have given back to nature ten fold" what they have taken. "It is the way of the hunters." When you "put a value on the game, then you can justify putting animals on land." Then quoting his own father, he said, "It doesn't matter why you do good, so long as you do good."

The nominees were Steven Chancellor, Ralph Cunningham, David Hanlin, Jimmy Rosenbruch and Mike Simpson. Like Rex, most of the nominees are contributors to Conservation Force. The Weatherby Award Winner gets a grant to direct to the wildlife conservation organization of his choice. We were particularly honored and grateful this year because Rex Baker chose Conservation Force as his choice recipient of the Weatherby Conservation Grant for the dedicated purpose of defending the Argali litigation pending in Federal Court. - John J. Jackson, III.


For more information on Conservation Force and/or the services available through Jackson’s alliance with The Hunting Report, write:

Conservation Force
One Lakeway Center
Suite 1045
Metairie, LA 70002.
Tel. 504-837-1233. Fax 504-837-1145.
E-mail: cf@conservationforce.org
Web: www.ConservationForce.org



Conservation Force 2014
2014
January Firestorm Email Attacks by Media and Antis
January CIC Milan 61st General Assembly/Crime Summit
January USFWS Re-Notices Proposed ESA Downlisting of Markhor
January Markhor Import Permit Appeal
January Hunter Proud Foundation & Osprey Filming Company
January Intervention in Latest Three Amigos Suit
February Antis’ Antics Have Perverse Negative Effect on Rhino Conservation
March Speech Upon Receiving the Houston Safari Club International Hunter of the Year Award
March Hunting: A Great Debate
April Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
April Conservation Force Solves Liberia Trophy Import Problems
April Elephant Hair and Skin Bracelets Importable
April Conservation Force First Quarter 2014 Report
May USFWS Implements Catastrophic Suspension of Elephant Imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe
May Letter to USFWS from Robin Hurt
June First Formal Action on Elephant Import Suspension Taken by Conservation Force
July Import Permits Issued for Sulaiman Markhor of Torghar Project
July Trophy Definition to Again Include Worked, Manufactured or Handicraft Items
July Comments Opposing Zimbabwe Elephant Trophy Import Suspension
July USFWS Produces Letter of Inquiry to Tanzania on Elephant Populations
August Status of Elephant Import Suspensions for Zimbabwe and Tanzania
August The True Status of White Rhino Populations
August Win the Wild, A Fictionalized Account of How South Africa Reclaimed Its Wildlife Heritage
September Final Zim Finding: Most and Best Available Information Ignored


Conservation Force 2013
2013
January US Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Finding on ESA Listing for African Lion
February Why Hunt Wild Cats: Arguments Previously Made By USFWS and African Nations
March World Conservation Force Bulletin Enters Its 18th Year
March Mozambique and Cameroon Hippo Trade Suspended by CITES
March Final Findings of National Survey Reports A Record Number of Big Game Hunters
March 2012 Zambia Elephant Trophy Imports Approved
March On Receiving The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
April A CITES CoP16 Report: Key Wins, Some Losses for the Hunting Community
April What Was Truly at Stake with the Polar Bear Proposal
May USFWS Grants First Black Rhino Import Permit
May Evaluating Namibia’s Rhino Program
May Rhino Populations Grow Despite Poaching
June CIC General Assembly Adopts Recommendations for African Lion and White Rhino
June Double Quotas Not Yet Resolved in USA
June Equal Allocation of New Mexico Nonresident Licenses for Rocky Mountain and Desert Bighorn Sheep, Oryx and Ibex Challenged Again
June Wood Bison Cases Still in Court
June Black Rhino Public Education
July USFWS Denies Petitions to Remove Private, Captive Populations of Species from ESA: Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama Gazelle and Addax Denied
July Polar Bear Litigation Developments
July Finally, All Gray Wolves Proposed for Removal from ESA
July Status of the Petition to List the Lion as Endangered: African Lion Workshop
August Court Turns Deaf Ear to Polar Bear Enhancement Permit Applicants for Gulf of Boothia
August Newly Published Monograph on Hunting & Conservation
August Family Hunts Under One License are Illegal
August Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume IV
September Downlisting of Straight-Horned Markhor Delayed; USFWS to Issue Revised Proposed Rule to Reclassify Species Under ESA
September New Trophy Seizure Issues Arise
September New Mexico Nonresident Terk Case Revving Up
September Polar Bear Listing Now Before US Supreme Court
October US Fish & Wildlife Lists White Rhino as Threatened
October Two Articles on Black Rhino Trophy Imports
October Defense of Terk Decision Needs Support
October Two Colorado State Senators Recalled for Passage of Firearms Restrictions
October Cheetah Numbers Increasing
November US Supreme Court Denies Polar Bear Writ
November Court Should Hold Feds Accountable for Questionable ESA Listing
November Succession and Development: “What will We Do When You are Gone?
November Black Rhino Auction: A Dream Come True
December Unintended Consequences May Arise from Presidential Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
December The Crush: Whose Ivory was Destroyed and Will It Truly Curtail Poaching?
December Climate Change Used to Reopen Wolverine Listing Proposal
December Conservation Force Wins FOIA Suit for Records Revealing Why USFWS Stalled Markhor Downlisting
December Suit Threatens Three Amigos Permitting Process; Conservation Force and Allied Organizations to Intervene


Conservation Force 2012
2012
January HSUS Threatens Conservation Force’s Asian Projects and Partners
January Markhor III Suit Filed to Compel 12-Month Downlisting Finding
January Serious Irregularities in Administrative Records and Scientific Findings
January Can You Offer for Sale or Sell an “Endangered” Listed Species Without a Permit?
February Conservation Force Partners with SAVE Valley Conservancy
February New Mexico Further Restricts Nonresident Hunting
February An Open Letter to Ranchers and Hunters of ESA Listed Exotics in The US
March Trophy Seizure Threat Reaches New High; USFWS Conduct Reaches New Low
March Some Court Success in Seizure Cases
March New Study Quantifies the Importance of Lion Hunting
March Onsite Report: The Etosha Meeting of African Lion Working Group
March Conservation Force Legal Action Update
April USF&WS Proposes New CITES Regulations
April Update on Three Amigos: Dama Gazelle, Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx
April CF Board Members Selected To Important IUCN Posts
April Help Needed For Conservation Force Intern Program
May Wood Bison II Litigation Successfully Concluded: Court Overturns USFWS Enhancement Permit Denials
May Markhor III Suit Settled
June Dr. James Teer, Founding Member of Conservation Force, Dies
June Canadian Wood Bison Downlisted! Trophies Now Importable
July National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress in Canada
July Hunting for an Acceptable Image: Building Public Acceptance for Sustainable Use of Wildlife
July USFWS Considering Positions for CITES CoP16
July Antis Again Challenge “Trophy” Definition
August Promising Polar Bear Developments: Scientists Stand Corrected
August Last Brief in Markhor I Suit Filed
August Power Outages – Shortfalls
September Success! USFWS Proposes the Downlisting & Importation of Torghar Markhor Without an ESA Import Permit
October The National Survey Shows Increase in Hunters and Big Game Hunting
October South Africa’s Protected Area Act of 2003 Hurts Wildlife & Habitats
October CIC President Bernard Lozé: “Banning Lion Hunting Endangers The Survival of Lions in the Wild!”
October Update on Our Freedom of Information Act Suits
November CITES CoP16 Proposals Published: White Rhino, Polar Bear, Elephant, Pyrenean Chamois, Leopard Permits
November Remarks of Deborah Lyons, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Inuit Delegation - Polar Bear Reception at Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012
November 3 Amigos: USFWS Makes 90-Day Finding to Review Downlisting Those Species in USA
November PH Stu Taylor Recovery Fund Established
December Worked Elephant Ivory Tusks Not Importable: US Court Holds Import Violated Four Laws and Orders Forfeiture of Zimbabwe Elephant Tusk
December Waning Status of Hunting-Based Conservation in Botswana: Latest Developments
December Bill Poole Enshrined Into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame


Conservation Force 2011
2011
January Court Rules No Fees Due in Permit Cases
January Delays & Revelations In Wood Bison Suit
February A Step-by-Step Guide On Who Is Responsible For What
February Billy Ray Parnell Purple Heart Program
March Wood Bison Initiative Enters Final Stage
March Lead Issue Taken to Court
March Both Markhor Cases Moving Forward
March Zambia Initiative Success
April Africa: Antis Petition Listing Of African Lion on ESA
April Success in Iran
April Scientists Recant Tipping Point Theory That Doomed the Polar Bear
April Plains Bison Listing Petition Denials
April The Osprey Filming Company
May Special Coverage On Polar Bear: Sustainable Use On Trial
June Special Coverage On Elephant Imports: Challenging The USFWS Definition of “Trophy”
July USFWS Makes Positive Markhor Finding
July New Eruption Atop Mountain of Seizures
July USFWS Enforces Validation Requirement On CITES Permits
July Pakistan Export Permits Don’t Have a Validation Section
August US District Court Denies All Challenges to Listing the Polar Bear as “Threatened”
August Permit Exclusions Eliminated for “The Three Amigos”
September Important Developments at 25th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee
September Abusive Use of Polar Bear Drowning Misinformation
September Cheetah Import Permits Denied Again
October Special Coverage: Getting To The Root Of The Trophy Seizure Crisis – The History and Genesis Of The Problem
November District Court Denies Relief In Zambia
and Mozambique Elephant Import Suits
December Success! Zambia Elephant Import Permits Issued By USFWS
December Update on Seizure and Forfeiture Crisis


Conservation Force 2010
2010
January Special Report: Addressing The US Trophy Seizure Crisis
February Federal Court Rules Hunters’ Interests In Trophies Not Legally Protected
March CF Creates Permanent Litigation Division
March Special Report: Conservation Force Chairman Receives International Statesman Award
March Briefly Noted
April Conservation Force Institutes Industry-Commercial Services Sponsorships
April Briefly Noted
April Dr. Dale Toweill Joins Conservation Force Board of Advisors
May Special Report: Focus On CITES CoP15
June 57th CIC General Assembly: Expanding Scope, Participation & Influence
June Briefly Noted
July The Supreme Court Invalidates Overly Broad Cruelty Law In Light of the Acceptability of Hunting
August Status of Wood Bison Suits Against USFWS
September The Important Historical Role of Hunters To Both Public and Private Land Conservation
September Pakistan: New Markhor Down-listing Petition Filed
October CBD Pushes To Ban All Lead Ammo & Fish Gear
November Important New Development in Trophy Seizure Crisis
November Anticlimactic Polar Bear Court Hearing
December A Tool For Lion Hunters: The Pocket Guide To Aging Lions
December Polar Bear Listing Cases Status
December St. Petersburg Hosts 58th CIC General Assembly


Conservation Force 2009
2009
January 2008 In Review Bio-political Developments
February Crisis Over Trophies In Transit Resolved
February Two Important Legal Actions
March Lion Campaign Kicks Off In The Nick of Time
March Polar Bear Update: Law Suit Sets New Precedent On Listings
March Briefly Noted
April "Challenges and Solutions for the Conservation of Lions and Other Large Carnivores in Sub-Saharan Africa" February 17th-18th Maroua, Cameroon
May Trophy Seizures & Forfeiture Crisis: Problems and Resolutions
May Briefly Noted
June Cheetah & Black-faced Impala Permits Denied
June Briefly Noted
July National Action Plans Save Lion Initiative
July Briefly Noted
August Tanzania To Enforce Age Limits On Trophy Lions
August Three Antelope Case A Win For Conservation
August Briefly Noted
September The Unrealized Potential of Conservation Hunting
September North America: Latest Developments On Polar Bear
October Mozambique: Niassa Elephant Trophy
November Africa: Suit Filed Over Zambia Elephant Import Permits
November Arctic: USF&WS Proposes CITES Uplist Polar Bear
November Polar Bear Lawsuits Challenging the Listing Decision
December Special Report: African Lion Spared the CITES Axe, For Now
December Bill Poole: “A Lion of a Man”
December Special Report: CITES Proposals for CoP15, March 2010


Conservation Force 2008
2008
January CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
January Polar Bear Developments
February Conservation News Developments
March Breaking News On Argali Draws
April Polar Bear Decision: Some Thoughts About That Continuing Delay
April CAMEROON: All About The New CAMNARES Program
May Conversation Force to Intervene
May Briefly Noted
June Polar Bear Listing: Assessing The Impact And Mapping A Way Forward
June CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
August Update On Kashmir Markhor
August Polar Bear Imports: Immediate Ban Upheld
August A Word About The Bob Kern Trial
September Study Analyzes Work Of NGO’s In African Wildlife Conservation
September Tanzania: Elephant Permit Crisis Averted
September Briefly Noted
October New Efforts To Reverse The Polar Bear Listing
October USF&WS Seizing Some Utilitarian Trophy Items
November Nation-by-Nation Plans To Save African Lion
November Hunting For Truth: Why Rationalizing The Ritual Must Fail
November Briefly Noted
November USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
November Leadership, People and Science
December USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
December Briefly Noted


Conservation Force 2007
2007
January Largest Hunting Development in the World
January Philippe Chardonnet Elected to Conservation Force Board
January PHASA AGM: An On-Site Report
February Polar Bear and Trophy Imports Both In Jeopardy
March A Second Threat to Polar Bear Import
March Guide To Aging Lions Is Now Available
March Briefly Noted
April Understanding The Issues And Proposals
April Our Polar Bear Comment: A Report
June Namibia: Help Is Available On Seized Leopards
June Belgrade: All About The Latest CIC General Assembly
June Special Report: New Conservation DVD Is Getting Attention
June CITES Meeting: The Latest Developments
June What Do You Say To A Liberal Intellectual Who Has Never Hunted?
July What Really Happened at CITES COP14 In The Hague
August Markhor Import Denial Raises Big Questions
September White House Orders National Hunting Conference
October Reflections On 10 Years Of Conservation Force
October Bear Listing Proposal: USGS Releases Reports
November Petitions to Free Siezed Trophies Successful
November Polar Bear Crisis Heats Up
November Briefly Noted
December Important Development in Markhor Conservation
December A Commentary On The National Geographic Article About “Hunters: For Love of the Land”


Conservation Force 2006
2006
January Highlights of 2005
February Protectionist File Suit To List All Polar Bear Under the Endangered Species Act
March ESA Listing Pending Polar Bear Crisis Is Growing
April The Real Significance If Polar Bear Are Listed
May One Important Nonresident Rights Case Continues
June Comment On “Draft Norms & Standards for the Regulations of the Hunting Industry in South Africa
July Symposium May Affect The Future Of Hunting; Progress Reported On Black Faced Impala
August Assessing The Impact Of Interior Dept. Turnover
September Mozambique Elephant Trophy Import Permit Applications Denied
October BC Bear Report And “Stricter Domestic Measures:” An Analysis Of The Connections
November UK Meetings Focus On Hunting/Conservation
December Wildlife ‘Compact’ Has Downsides / Gala Tanzania Banquet / Last Nonresident Suit


Conservation Force 2005
2005
January The End of Nonresident Hunting Rights
February African Elephant Downlisted to Vulnerable
March Southwest Alaska Profile In Conservation
April The Truth About That Polar Bear Petition
May The Legally Structured Role of Hunting and Fishing in the US and Abroad
June Nonresidents Stripped of Constitutional Rights in Congress
July Black Rhino Hunting Development
August Elephant Hunting Is Fully Open In Zambia / Getting A Handle On “Sustainable Use”
September Russia: The “Real Skinny On That Hunting Closure
October Hurricane Katrina Threatens Conservation Force
October USFW&S Denies Permits For Black-Faced Impala
November First African Lion Workshops Are Successful; IUCN Polar Bear Listing Upgraded
December US Lists New Foreign Species As Endangered


Conservation Force 2004
2004
January Permits To Import Certain Endangered Species Understanding That Draft Trophy Import Policy Change
February Musings of an Old Hunter
March Giant Saltwater Crocodile Hunting May Open
April Who Said What: A Compendium Of Comments
May African Lion Targeted At CITES Meeting
June The Truth About Senator John Kerry
June Two Hunters’ Legacies
July Argali Suit Finally Finished: Positive Gains
July Case Study of a Man-Eating Lion Killing 35 People
September Cats/Canids Bill Introduced; NRA To Push Hunting; Important CITES COP 13 Developments
October Will Lion Hunting Survive? And More....
November What Really Happened At COP13
December More To Come On African Lion


Conservation Force 2003
2003
January On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
February Conservation of the African Lion: Contribution to a Status Survey
March A Reflection on Positive Developments
April DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC, News Analysis, The Argali Case: Court, Hears Mongolia's Appeal
May Conservation News Briefs - A Special Tribute To Gunbearers
June What You Need To Know About Trophy Imports
July Insights From Wildlife Conflict Studies, A Different Perspective For Problem Solving
August How Many Hunters Are There, Really?
September The Antis’ Argali Suit Has Been Dismissed
October Update On The Argali Case
November The Political Future
December Antis Tell Court They Would Rather See Elephants Euthanized Than in a Zoo


Conservation Force 2002
2002
January The Truth About That British Columbia Grizzly Bear “Ban”
February DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - Cameroon Elephant Permits Denied
March SPECIAL REPORT - New USF & WS Director
April The Saga of the Saiga
May The Role And Value Of Hunting
June On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
July Special Report: The Argali Suit - Part I
August Special Report: A Preview Of COP 12
September Zimbabwe Hunting Will Continue – But Zimbabwe Needs You Now
October Understanding Trophy Hunting: A Powerful Conservation Tool
November London March to Save Hunting Breaks All Records
December Santiago, Chile - What Really Happened At CITES COP 12


Conservation Force 2001
2001
March Idaho Approves Nonresident Moose Hunting: A Practical Lesson In Our Democracy
April Special Report On Hunting Why We Do It; Its Conservation Benefits
May Antis Sue To Stop All Argali Trophy Imports
June The Very Latest On That Argali Suit
July Why We Hunt: - Two Important Perspectives
August The Animal Rights 2001 Conference - Terrorism And A Radical Agenda At A Hilton Hotel
September Legal Matters - Update On The Argali Lawsuit
October DATELINE: WASHINGTON Mongolia, Others Denied Role In Argali Lawsuit
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