The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Blue Ribbon Panel will reimagine a 21st century model of funding conservation that bridges the funding gap between game and nongame species.

Under the leadership of the co-chairs--Bass Pro Shops founder John L. Morris and former Wyoming governor Dave Freudenthal--the Blue Ribbon Panelists represent the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy industry, conservation organizations and sportsmen’s groups.

The Panelists will work together over the course of a year to produce recommendations and Congressional policy options on the most sustainable and equitable model to fund conservation of the full array of fish and wildlife species. 

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> Download Report #1 (Short Report): Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining Fish & Wildlife Resources

> Download Report #2 (Long Report): Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining Fish & Wildlife Resources

> Check out the Video of the Press Conference releasing the recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining Fish & Wildlife Resources

> Download a brochure about the Blue Ribbon Panel

The Blue Ribbon Panelists [updated 2/19/16]

Dave Freudenthal--Blue Ribbon Panel co-chair, former Governor of Wyoming

Johnny Morris--Blue Ribbon Panel co-chair, Founder and CEO, Bass Pro Shops

Kevin Butt--General Manager and Chief Environmental Officer, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. and Board Member, Wildlife Habitat Council

Richard Childress--CEO and Chairman, Richard Childress Racing Enterprises

Jeff Crane--President, Congressional Sportsman's Foundation

Bruce Culpepper--Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Regional Coordination, Shell Americas

John Doerr--President and CEO, Pure Fishing, Inc. and Board Member, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

Jim Faulstich--Owner, Daybreak Ranch and Vice Chairman, Partners for Conservation

John Fitzpatrick--Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Co-inventor, eBird

Greg Hill--President and CEO of Exploration and Production, Hess Corporation

Rebecca Humphries--Chief Conservation Officer, National Wild Turkey Federation

Dr. Stephen Kellert--Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Board Member, Bio-Logical Capital; Founding Partner, Environmental Capital Partners

Jennifer Mull--Chief Executive Officer, Backwoods Equipment, Inc. and Board Chair of the Outdoor Industry Association

John W. Newman--CFO and Treasurer, LLOG Exploration Company, LLC and Board Chairman, Ducks Unlimited

Michael Nussman--President and CEO, American Sportfishing Association

Margaret O’Gorman--President, Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) and Board Member, Stewardship Action Council

Glenn Olson--Donal O’Brien Chair in Bird Conservation and Public Policy, National Audubon Society (NAS) and Member, North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Council and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Advisory Council 

Collin O’Mara--President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation

Connie S. Parker--CEO and Founder, CSPARKERGROUP and Board Member, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida

Charlie Potter--CEO, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and Founder and Chairman, Great Outdoors, LLC

Steve Sanetti--CEO, National Shooting Sports Foundation

John Tomke--President, Ducks Unlimited de Mexico and Chair, Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

Jeff Trandahl--CEO, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

Dr. James Walker--Vice Chairman of the Board, EDF Renewable Energy and Board Member, American Wind Energy Association

Dr. Steve Williams--President, Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and Board President, National Conservation Leadership Institute; Board Member, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Bob Ziehmer--Director, Missouri Department of Conservation 

Michael Bean-- Ex Officio Member, Principal Deputy Asst. Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, US Department Interior

Ronald Regan-- Ex Officio Member, Executive Director, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies



Blue Ribbon Panel National

John L. Morris, Founder and CEO, Bass Pro Shops

Dave Freudenthal, former Wyoming Governor


Alliance for America's Fish & Wildlife

Read the press release announcing the Blue Ribbon Panel Co-chairs

Read the press release naming the 24 Blue Ribbon Panelists

Learn more about wildlife diversity and State and Tribal Wildlife Grants


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Sean Saville



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