(UNDATED) – Department of Natural Resource was given the State Agency of the Year Award by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) during the 17th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit.
“The State Agency of the Year Award is presented to one state fish and wildlife agency each year in recognition of their dedication to furthering science-based wildlife management policies, promoting our outdoor heritage, and partnering with legislators and members of the hunting and fishing community in their state,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane.
“We are honored to present the 2020 NASC State Agency Award to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, who has been a true partner to both CSF and the Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and has demonstrated commitment to sound policy priorities and working with the sportsmen’s community in the Hoosier state.”
The award recognizes Indiana DNR’s work hosting the first Legislative Rendezvous at Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area. This event was an opportunity for legislators, conservation partners, and agency staff to participate in recreational shooting at the Atterbury Shooting Complex while sharing the DNR’s work to ensure conservation and recreational access.
“We are privileged to receive this award, and we are grateful for our partnership with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation,” said Amanda Wuestefeld, director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife. “Through this partnership, we can continue advancing fish and wildlife habitat management and the recreational opportunities they afford.”
Hosted by the CSF, the NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit brings together caucus members, non-governmental organization representatives, key staff from state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, representatives of the outdoor industry, and other conservation policy professionals for two days of educational programming, networking, and discussion on enhancing access, opportunities, and #ResponsibleRecreation.