For 15 years, the TRCP has been bringing together key voices, policy experts, and conservation leaders at a Western Media Summit to discuss the most pressing conservation issues of the day.

August 27, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Minneapolis, Minn.

This year, the Western Media Summit goes Midwest to the diverse sportsmen’s paradise of Minnesota, where we’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges for fish and wildlife habitat in the 2018 Farm Bill debate.

With approximately 70 percent of the country (and 75 percent of Minnesota) made up of private land, the $5 billion in conservation funding guided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture each year supports habitat, clean water, and outdoor recreation opportunities that help rural America thrive.

The Farm Bill is the single largest legislative vehicle for conservation, and the hunting and fishing community is more unified and prepared than ever to make sure agriculture and private lands conservation policy works for fish, wildlife, sportsmen, and the outdoor recreation economy.

Other highlights:

  • A kickoff dinner and cocktails at the Filson flagship store, featuring special guest speakers
  • Insight into how federal Farm Bill dollars are helping farmers and improving water quality, wildlife habitat, and access, from the key architects of Minnesota’s model conservation initiatives
  • Farm tours showcasing Conservation Reserve Program acres, walk-in access areas, and stream buffers that benefit waterways, fish, upland birds, and big game
  • Dinner at Federal Premium Ammunition’s headquarters, featuring a private tour of the shotgun shell factory and a panel of outdoor recreation industry voices
  • A forum with media attendees on how we talk about conservation—what’s the best way to engage readers and hold legislators accountable?
  • A tour of Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam on the Mississippi for a discussion on nutrient pollution’s downstream effects and opportunities for conservation in a federal infrastructure bill
  • A TED-talk-style pitchathon on the conservation stories that are breaking right now and sources you’ll want to quote. Think: The next chapter of the public land transfer issue, the latest on chronic wasting disease, and a long-term outlook for sage grouse conservation and national monuments once Sec. Zinke’s reviews are in.


For media inquiries, please email Kristyn Brady or call 617-501-6352.

The TRCP Western Media Summit is presented by the TRCP and made possible by a variety of sponsors and partners. Corporate sponsorship funding helps cover event expenses and offer representatives of your company the opportunity to attend the summit and participate in meals, social activities and field outings.

For sponsorship inquiries, please email Jenni Henry, director of development and corporate partnerships, or call 202-639-8727 ext. 25.

For a better idea of what to expect, read the 2016 Western Media Summit Welcome Packet.

See who attended our summits in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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