Brooklyn Center, MN - North American Media Group (NAMG) has pledged full support of Wildlife Forever's "Top 10 Invasive Species Threats Against Hunting and Fishing". The goal is to sound the alert and activate the 1.3 million members of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club. Combined, the two clubs represent America's largest group of conservationists leading the battle to help stop invasive species.
"It is vital all hunters, anglers and recreational users understand how invasive species will ultimately change America's outdoor heritage in order to conserve and defend our treasured fish and wildlife resources," said Douglas Grann, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever. "With NAMG's partnership, we will be able to reach millions with this critical prevention message."
North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club members total more than 1.3 million. Through the media capabilities of NAMG, plans are to educate members through spotlight articles in North American Hunter and North American Fisherman print and online magazines, social media promotions and exclusive YouTube public service announcement videos. The highlight to this effort includes filming and producing Wildlife Forever's award-winning television series "Silent Invaders" in conjunction with the heavily viewed "North American Fisherman" television show. This season's episodes will take a weekly look at how every day anglers can be a part of the solution to the threat of invasive species.
"We are thrilled to stand behind Wildlife Forever with this innovative program. Hunters and anglers were the first, and are still the most effective conservationists in the world. We are committed to bringing our members, media resources, and team of outdoor experts to the front lines in efforts to help educate America on the greatest threats to hunting and fishing," said Michael Graves, President of NAMG.
Top 10 Invasive Species Threats to Hunting & Fishing
ZEBRA & QUAGGA MUSSELS
WANTED DEAD for devastating the food chain, reducing fish populations; destroying spawning habitat; encrusting boats and docks, and wreaking havoc on equipment and on fishing.
WANTED DEAD for taking over rivers and streams, replacing sport fish populations; impeding navigation and causing injury, even possible death, to boaters on the waters.
WANTED DEAD for choking out native prairie grasses and plants; providing no food value; driving deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife out of traditional habitat.
WANTED DEAD for limiting access for boating, fishing and waterfowl hunting; dense beds destroy sport fish spawning grounds; out competing native plants and, once mature, degrading fishing.
WANTED DEAD for killing hardwood forests; eliminating native mast producing trees important to deer and turkey; choking woodland travel corridors and decreasing overall productive habitat.
ROCK SNOT - DIDYMO
WANTED DEAD for smothering food sources for trout and salmon; covering spawning habitat and insect life with ooze; wreaking havoc on fishing and access to fishable waters.
EMERALD ASH BORER
WANTED DEAD for destroying 100 million ash trees, causing loss of habitat and fire zones imperiling wildlife, humans and property. At stake; 7.5 billion trees.
WANTED DEAD for killing trout and salmon. When an infected fish's death occurs, millions of parasitic spores release back into the water, which are virtually indestructible surviving for up to 30 years to kill again.
WANTED DEAD for wanton destruction of habitat; consumption of acorns and mast, denying essential food from deer, wild turkey and quail; eating eggs of ground nesting birds; killing fawns and maliciously uprooting riparian areas.
WANTED DEAD for eliminating productive fish and wildlife habitat to the tune of 500,000 acres of wetlands annually; offering no food value; reducing waterfowl nesting and fish nursery areas.
To learn more about the "Top 10 Threats to Hunting & Fishing", visit http://www.wildlifeforever.org/invasive-species
About Wildlife Forever:
Wildlife Forever is celebrating 25 years of conserving America's fish and wildlife heritage. In 2012, over 1 billion impressions will be had through their invasive species Threat Campaign. This is in large part due to the successful partnership and commitment to resource protection from the North American Media Group.
Wildlife Forever's mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club, Wildlife Forever represents the conservation interests of 1.3 million members.