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"Promoting Science Based Wildlife Management Decisions for a Better Massachusetts"

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Beyond the Science of Wildlife Management...

The Committee for Responsible Wildlife Management is dedicated to educating the public and their elected officials in Massachusetts on the research and science behind wildlife management, who supports it and why it is important.  However, above and beyond these central messages, there is an equally important human dimension to this effort that can not be trivialized or seem any less significant.  The stewardship, rural traditions, cultures and ways of life that mark our own passage through time and the legacy that we pass to our children and grandchildren can not be overlooked.  These all go hand in hand as we journey together into an increasingly unknown future, sharing our space with all living things as we go.  Because of this, it is extremely important that we not exclude anyone from experiencing or participating in the conservation of our natural resources.  It is this balanced all inclusiveness that allows people from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds and experiences to contribute in a meaningful way toward sustainable conservation and preservation.  This all inclusive approach brings about a lasting respect for our natural world, through non-use and use advocates alike that transcends generations and crosses all cultural boundaries.

 For some time now, there has been an increasing trend in our fast paced modern society where the vast majority is leading more urbanized life styles, creating a greater disconnect with the day-to-day life of living off the land.  This demographic shift has fostered a widening void of understanding and tolerance to a more connected, natural interaction with our wild natural resources.  The shift has tipped the scales towards a more "hands-off", protectionist ideology, overshadowing a more balanced approach.  As these changes occur in today’s society, thoughts of  “consumptive use”, “wise use” or “responsible use” of our wild natural resources are fast becoming unfamiliar concepts.  Consequently, a large portion of the public is unaware of the countless benefits these activities have on the environment, wildlife and our own human populations.  Interestingly enough, this lack of understanding does not stop at the doorstep of our wild natural resources and its responsibility does on rest solely their shoulders.  

 In today’s world, one must be increasingly vigilant when accepting information as fact, as access to that information becomes more readily available from less than credible sources.  While the information super highway has created incalculable benefits to our modern society, it has also opened the flood gates for unscrupulous special interests groups to gain global support for causes their contributors may not truly comprehend or understand.  There is no better example of this phenomenon than in the modern animal rights movement and how their leaders have capitalized on new technologies, tailoring their radical message and agenda to fit a more mainstream, younger audience. The reasons for lack of understanding by the uninformed public concerning the use and management of our wildlife can not rest solely on their shoulders.  The increasing failure over time by the institution of North American conservation itself to react timely, appropriately and as a unified force to threats against the essence of its creation, initiated 100 years ago by President Theodore Roosevelt shares responsibility.  It is this failure to effectively communicate with the public, which has shaken their trust in the modern conservation’s all inclusive approach.

 Beyond the reaches of the urban centers even here in Massachusetts, there is still a significant rural and even suburban population that can benefit from participating in the management of our furbearers.  However, that participation will not occur without the overall public’s acceptance and understanding of the harvest of them. We as a society, which includes our conservation agencies and organizations, can not forget these people that are independent, hard working, members of our society who pride themselves on paying their own way.  In Massachusetts, by majority vote, the privilege has been taken away to participate in an age old tradition.  That conscious decision has not only hurt our rural human populations, but is quietly damaging the wildlife and the ecosystems that support them to this very day.  With your help, together we can set Massachusetts back on a course that has been altered in recent years by special interests and misleading agendas.  Get involved, learn the facts and speak out with confidence, knowing you have 100 years of conservation history and legions of highly respected wildlife professionals and deeply caring people from all walks of life behind you that believe in this all inclusive approach called the North American Conservation Model.

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Last modified: June 30, 2012