Current Pro Conservation Legislation In New Jersey
By Tom Connors
TRENTON, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- On August 19, Governor Christie has signed into law the much awaited bow perimeter bill.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Van Drew and Oroho, and Assemblypersons Burzichelli, McHose, Albano, Milam, Moriarity, Chiusano, Addiego, Rudder and Riley that reduces the safety perimeter for bowhunting from 450 feet to 150 feet around occupied buildings.
“The eradication of natural predators of deer, such as the grey wolf, the mountain lion and eastern coyote has allowed the deer population to thrive and increase,” said Chiusano.
“Hunting is vital to furthering agriculture in the state, and it helps preserve our forests. Bow hunting, in particular, is a safe and effective means of helping to control the deer herd which is essential to their overall well-being.”
Governor Christie also signed into law a measure that will authorize counties to develop community based deer management plans and apply for special deer management permits for county-owned lands.
The diverse conservation organizations that supported these bills include the United Bow Hunters of New Jersey, NJ Audubon, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Trout Unlimited, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, NJ Farm Bureau.
The New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus have inspired new legislative leadership. Senators Donald Norcross and Steve Oroho will chair the Senate seats.
Assemblymen John Burzichelli and Gary Chiusano will chair the Assembly seats.
New Jersey joins thirty-eight fellow states of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses. This sportsmen’s legislative caucus at its inception gathered interest from a bi-partisan group of twenty-six legislators, all having an interest in advancing angling, hunting, trapping, and forestry and conservation issues. The NJAHCC will provide opportunities for legislators, outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen to share information educate and inspire each other about the challenges and possibilities of New Jersey’s forests, marine, fish and wildlife resources.
The interaction between legislators and the outdoor community will ensure that our traditions and heritage that we cherish will continue and thrive. The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance looks forward with earnest working closely with our state caucus, the sharing of information, ideas and interaction with other state caucuses.Anthony P. Mauro, Sr.
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NJOA – The mission of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is to serve as a grassroots coalition of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen dedicated to environmental stewardship. We will champion the intrinsic value of natural resource conservation – including fishing, hunting and trapping, among opinion leaders and policy makers. We will support legislation, and those sponsoring legislation, that provides lasting ecological and social enrichment through sustainable use of the earths resources. Visit: www.njoutdooralliance.org
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