It’s good to get outside. This Thanksgiving, let’s all take some time to get out and enjoy the natural world around us – even if that means taking just one more stroll and one less nap. Let’s give thanks that we, as sportsmen and women, are the community that not only cares deeply about the health of our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans; we stand together to act on their behalf.
I think our policy leaders could spend some additional time outdoors during this holiday weekend, too. It is the best reminder that our outdoor spaces should be conserved so that we continue to have places to fish, boat, hike and bike. And in an era of video games and ‘binge watching,’ we must take the lead to ensure our children engage in outdoor activities – now, more than ever before. This must also be a priority for our state and federal governments so all generations can continue to enjoy outdoor recreation as we’ve been doing for centuries.
This weekend, would you please join me in sending your Congressional leaders a special holiday note?
Ask them that in the year ahead they remain mindful of how important it is to conserve our natural areas. That when the recreational fishing community speaks up, we’re speaking on behalf of all sportsmen and women who want clean waters, plenty of fish and access to both.
For you and me and the millions of Americans who call ourselves fishermen, it’s not just good to get outdoors – it’s our way of life.
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