Nevada Department of Wildlife Partners with Conservation Visions’ Wild Harvest Initiative® to Evaluate Benefits of Hunting & Angling

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The Nevada Department of Wildlife has entered into a new partnership with Conservation Visions’ Wild Harvest Initiative® to determine the real economic, social, and conservation value of annual, sustainable recreational wildlife and fish harvests in the United States and Canada.

“There can be no doubt of the Wild Harvest Initiative's® potential to strengthen efforts for wildlife conservation, to contribute to a normalizing of hunting and angling, and to encourage hunter and angler recruitment." ~ Shane Mahoney

Conservation Visions announces a new partnership with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) in support of the Wild Harvest Initiative®, the first-ever attempt to synthesize and evaluate the combined economic, social, and conservation benefits of recreational wild animal harvests in American and Canadian societies. By exploring sustainable use of wildlife in the wider contexts of food security, rural economies, human health, fitness, and nutrition, as well as wildlife habitat and environmental management, the study focuses on providing evidence of the wider benefits of wildlife and wild animal harvest to the public. The project will also address an important question facing North American conservation policy institutions: If hunting and angling were to cease tomorrow, what would be the consequences?

“The Nevada Department of Wildlife has a mission to protect, conserve, manage and restore wildlife and its habitat for the aesthetic, scientific, educational, recreational, and economic benefits to citizens of Nevada and the United States,” says NDOW Director Tony Wasley. “The Wild Harvest Initiative® will support and advance this mission.”

Shane Mahoney, Conservation Visions’ CEO and originator of the Wild Harvest Initiative®, is excited about the new partnership. “The relevance of this research is already reflected in the project’s diverse and expanding partnership that includes state governments, the outdoor industry, conservation NGOs, and individuals,” says Mahoney. “There can be no doubt of the Wild Harvest Initiative's® potential to strengthen efforts for wildlife conservation, to contribute to a normalizing of hunting and angling, and to encourage hunter and angler recruitment. We are thrilled to have NDOW on board.”

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