Signed in as:
Signed in as:
Ross L. Leffler, John M. Phillips, Judge Grover C. Ladner, Colin Reed, and John Youngman.
Angered by political meddling in the Fish & Game Commission's activities these men organized scattered clubs into one strong, efficient sportsmen's organization. Their vision was and remains today, for the PFSC to be recognized as the premier voice for conservation and our outdoor heritage in Pennsylvania.
On the Front Lines Protecting Our Outdoor Heritage, Resources and 2nd Amendment Rights Since 1932
Originally known as the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc. (PFSC), the Federation is one of Pennsylvania's oldest and most prominent sportsmen's organizations. Established on February 11, 1932, with a meeting of five Pennsylvania conservationists, Ross L. Leffler, John M. Phillips, Judge Grover C. Ladner, Colin Reed and John Youngman. Oddly enough, this meeting occurred at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City. The meeting ended with Ross Leffler serving as temporary chairman until the organization could be formally established. Judge Ladner was elected as the first PFSC President in March of 1932 and served in this capacity until 1939.
New Name – Same Core Values!
In 2018, the Federation changed its name to the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen & Conservationists, Inc. (PFSC) to be more inclusive and better represent who and what it stands for.
From the beginning, the Federation was concerned with conservation issues in Pennsylvania. In the early days, there were few, if any, regulations to protect the environment. The Federation focused on how sportsmen could address this problem. PFSC was the driving force behind the passage of Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Act in 1937. Due to their efforts, significant steps were taken in fish and game laws, and greater emphasis was placed on Game Land acquisition. The organization continued to grow and make a difference.
It was after World War II when sportsmen's interest in conservation bloomed. As our soldiers returned home, they found many of their favorite hunting and fishing areas devastated by the heavy strip mining necessary to support the war effort, so sportsmen went into action.
The strong coal lobby blocked numerous attempts to pass laws requiring back-filling and protection of the streams. It wasn't until after the sportsmen successfully campaigned against the legislators who opposed strip mine reforms that progress could be made. It was a long hard road with some victories. The passage of the Bituminous Open Pit mining act in 1963 opened the door for other significant achievements - The Anthracite Open Pit Mining Act, Anti-subsidence Act, Amendments to strengthen the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Act, Reorganization of State Agencies under DER, and the All Surface Mining Act.
PFSC has continued on a course of "resource first!"
The Federation was instrumental in enacting the nation's first Surface Mining Act, establishing Soil and Conservation Districts, and founding the National Wildlife Federation. The Federation helped to pass PA's Wild Resource Conservation income tax check-off program, PA's solid waste bill, including mandatory recycling, opposed large-scale commercial development of PA's state parks, and much more.
The Federation opposed the dredging of the Delaware River and lobbied for the Conservation and Reinvestment Act; became co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the proposed route of I-99 and against the Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of Surface Mining, and U.S. Department of the Interior for inadequate and failing mine bonding. PFSC worked with the National Wildlife Federation on State Wetland permits and more.
While PFSC has a long list of victories that have protected the environment and wildlife, the Federation has also tackled issues directly affecting the sportsmen and sportswomen of Pennsylvania.
The Federation is about more than issues and lawsuits. PFSC has long supported our youth and their active involvement in our great outdoor heritage.
PFSC believes all wildlife management should be based on science-led, resource-first management established in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. We must strive for opportunity optimization if we want to optimize participation. PFSC will oppose legislative attempts to micro-manage wildlife/aquatic seasons and bags/creel limits.
PFSC's membership comprises affiliated clubs, individual members and statewide organizations with like-minded goals and interests, representing approximately 70,000 sportsmen/sportswomen and conservationists.
The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen & Conservationists – always striving to preserve, promote and protect our Outdoor Heritage of Hunting, Trapping, Angling, Boating, the Shooting Sports and our Natural Resources.
I give my pledge as an American to save and faithfully defend from waste the natural resources of my country – its soil, air, minerals, forests, water and wildlife.
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The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen & Conservationists is a 501(c)4 non-profit, tax-exempt organization as provided by IRS regulations. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free (within PA) 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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