A proclamation on National Game and Fish Day, 2022
Every year, tens of millions of Americans get outdoors to hunt and fish. These age-old traditions provide opportunities for sport and recreation, put food on our tables, and bring families and friends together. They embody the American spirit of adventure and ingenuity and inspire gratitude for the beauty and bounty of our natural world. On National Game and Fish Day, we celebrate America’s hunters and anglers for strengthening our communities and recommit to conserving the lands and waters so that future generations can enjoy these pastimes. beloved times.
Hunting and fishing are more than just hobbies, they also provide livelihoods. They contribute billions of dollars to our nation’s economy each year and support more than one million jobs in the United States. They bring significant tourism revenue to communities and create new business opportunities for local entrepreneurs. To bolster these industries, my administration expanded hunting and fishing opportunities on 2.1 million acres of public land last year, one of the largest increases in recent history. We have also proposed to increase the number of federal land and water units within the National Wildlife Refuge System where hunting and fishing are permitted.
The future of hunting and fishing depends on our ability to conserve America’s public lands and natural spaces. Over the years, the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change have made it more difficult to find healthy fish and game. Hunters and anglers were among our nation’s earliest conservation leaders, and they continue to be an integral part of the solution. Additionally, for nearly a century, federal programs that generate revenue from equipment and licensing sales have funded state and local conservation efforts across the country, bringing in more than $25.5 billion. nowadays. To enhance the impact of these programs, my administration recently announced a record investment of $1.5 billion in annual funding to support state and local wildlife and habitat conservation efforts and recreation. outdoors. We also created the Federal Interagency Outdoor Recreation Council to coordinate efforts among the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, and Public Works and Commerce to strengthen the outdoor recreation economy. air. And my administration’s America the Beautiful initiative has set a national goal to conserve at least 30 percent of our nation’s land and waters by 2030, launching a decade-long effort to support conservation projects and locally run and voluntary catering. This work is linked to our fight against the climate crisis, our commitment to drastically reduce emissions and our duty to build a better and healthier world.
As we reflect on the traditions and cultural heritage of hunting and fishing that we have long cherished, we recognize American hunters and anglers in their quest for adventure and their commitment to conserving our natural world. We recommit to strengthening the hunting and fishing industries in a responsible and sustainable way while supporting the people whose livelihoods depend on it. And we are renewing our efforts to build partnerships with hunters and anglers; agricultural and forest landowners; outdoor enthusiasts; Tribal nations, states and territories; local officials; and other important stakeholders to make public lands accessible to all Americans and keep our outdoor spaces healthy and resilient for generations to come.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the September 24, 2022 as National Hunting and Fishing Day. I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have signed this
September twenty-third of the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two, and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seven.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.