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Virginia’s Sportsmen’s Caucus Celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day

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By Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta County)

As Co-Chair of the Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, along with my fellow Co-Chair Delegate James Edmunds, we are proud to celebrate the 45th National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 23rd. We join like-minded sportsmen-legislators from our 48-state National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses network to recognize the time-honored traditions and conservation work of hunters and anglers in supporting sound, science-based fish and wildlife conservation.

Through purchasing licenses, tags and waterfowl stamps, and by paying excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing tackle, motorboat fuel, and other hunting and fishing equipment, sportsmen and sportswomen drive conservation funding in the United States. Collectively, these funding sources constitute the American System of Conservation Funding, a unique “user pays-public benefits” system, which this year is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Via passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act, the Dingell-Johnson Act, and the Wallop-Breaux Amendment, this excise tax revenue is apportioned back to state fish and wildlife agencies, including the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Last year alone, Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson combined contributed $17,720,039, while hunting and fishing licenses brought an additional $17,720,039 to fund conservation efforts in the state.

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Delegate Edmunds Awarded Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts Association's Legislator of the Year

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Delegate James E. Edmunds II, R-60th District, has been recognized by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) as the 2014 "Legislator of the Year" award recipient. Noted by the Association as a strong supporter of conservation, they commended Edmunds for the leadership he provided during the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session.

The award was presented at the 2014 Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

"As volunteer district directors, we appreciate the amount of time Delegate Edmunds gives many issues including conservation, and are grateful for his support to the soil and water conservation district community. He truly understands the importance and value of SWCD work," stated Chris Simmons, President of VASWCD.

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Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Recognizes Del. James Edmunds

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Delegate James E. Edmunds II has been awarded the coveted Legislator of the Year Award from the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts at the Associations’ annual meeting held in Roanoke December 7-9, 2014.

This award was presented to Delegate Edmunds in recognition of his work during the 2014 General Assembly to approve highway signage announcing entry into a soil and water district.

President of the Association, Lou Ann Wallace, expressed her sincere appreciation to Delegate Edmunds in shepherding these negotiations through the General Assembly.

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