1st African American to Serve on Oregon Wildlife Board Highlights Lack Of Minorities in Outdoor Sports
Much has been written the past few years on the increased number of women taking up hook-and-bullet pursuits, but relatively...
Much has been written the past few years on the increased number of women taking up hook-and-bullet pursuits, but relatively little attention has been paid to trying to recruit minorities into the fold. But perhaps Oregon’s newest member of the state wildlife commission, the first African-American to ever serve on that board, can change that.
From this story on Oregonlive.com:
When it comes to the outdoors, Greg Wolley has been everywhere you can imagine, defying many stereotypes about African-Americans and wildlife. “They say Black people don’t bike, hike, etc.,” he says. “Students of color are not seeing images of people in natural resources that look like them — they don’t have role models.” On May 21, Wolley became the first African American to serve on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission (ODFW).
It’s an interesting question: why isn’t there more minority involvement in the hunting, fishing and shooting sports? And what can we do to help change that? Thoughts?