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October 4, 2012

Roosevelt Wins!

After more than six years and 500 losses, the Theodore Roosevelt mascot finally won the Presidential Race at the Nationals’ baseball stadium in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

The Roosevelt mascot has lost every Presidential Race since 2006 when D.C.’s baseball team, the Nationals, began holding races among 10-foot-tall foam renderings of Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln at home games. Yesterday was T.R.’s time to shine. Check out the video below.

While in the political arena, T.R. succeeded in making conservation a top tier national issue. At a time of partisan gridlock in Washington, the TRCP continues working to keep Roosevelt’s legacy alive by fighting to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Show your support of our 26th president today by donating $5, $10, $25 or whatever you can afford to the TRCP!

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National Forest Roadless Lands Conserved as Big-game Seasons Commence

As sportsmen head to the fields, forests and streams this fall, we can be assured that some of America’s finest public lands fish and wildlife habitat will be conserved into the future. On Oct. 1, the Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule as the law of the land for the management of 45 million acres in 36 states.

This determination effectively ends all legal uncertainty for the 2001 roadless rule and assures its permanence into the foreseeable future.

Areas managed under the roadless rule include renowned big-game hunting destinations such as the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, the Elkhorn Mountains in Montana and the Warner Range of Oregon and California.

These large blocks of undeveloped public lands provide the habitat security necessary for wildlife managers to provide substantial public hunting opportunities for game such as mule deer and elk.

The great thing about the roadless rule is that it represents a balanced and reasonable approach for the management of high value, undeveloped public lands. The rule conserves roadless areas while providing management allowances to protect communities from wildfire, restore habitat and ecosystems and even develop oil and gas, as long as this development is done in ways that maintain the areas’ backcountry values.

Over the past decade, wildlife managers, sportsmen’s organizations, and hunting- and fishing-dependent businesses across the nation have spoken in favor of the management assurances and high quality habitat provided by the roadless rule. The TRCP has been working alongside our partners to advance this popular policy since our organization was founded in 2002.

With big-game hunting seasons commencing across the country, sportsmen can celebrate by grabbing our gear and setting out in pursuit of deer, elk and other critters on America’s national forest lands. This Supreme Court decision represents an unqualified victory for our community.


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October 3, 2012


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September 28, 2012

Celebrating Conservation’s Brightest and Best

Few places are as beautiful as The High Lonesome Ranch in early fall. Located in western Colorado, the ranch was the perfect setting for the TRCP’s annual Western Media Summit, which took place last month. The event unites the nation’s best and most influential outdoor journalists to talk about pressing conservation issues with TRCP staff, partners, policy experts and sponsors.

Beginning in 2003 as an informal meeting of outdoor journalists, the TRCP media summits have evolved into flagship events for our group. Every year, a diverse and growing cadre of journalists comes together in places like the Rocky Mountains or the Florida coast to fish, hunt and discuss conservation policy that affects sportsmen and outdoors enthusiasts across the country.

Speakers at this year’s event included Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Dave White, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service; Christy Plumer, director of Federal Land Programs at The Nature Conservancy and Larry Johnson of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited. Outdoor Life, Outside, Sporting Classics and Agri-Pulse were just a few of the publications represented.

The TRCP’s 2012 Western Media Summit would not have been possible without our sponsors:

The High Lonesome Ranch, New South Access & Environmental Solutions, Orvis, Beretta, Sitka Specialized Wear and Equipment, Outdoor Industry Association, Minox, Platte River Basin Environments, Pure Fishing, Pro Guide Direct, Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing and Winchester Ammunition.

Learn more about the TRCP’s Western Media Summit.



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September 26, 2012

Wednesday Win: Moose Crossing

We’ve been hard at work here at the TRCP. Already this fall we wrapped up a successful Western Media Summit and are in the final planning stages of our Saltwater Media Summit. We’ve also been working hard to get a Farm Bill passed in 2012 and are formulating a strategy for educating new members of Congress about the importance of conservation after the election in November.

Every now and again we like to take a break from all the work to have some fun. And because we want you to join in on the fun, we are kicking off “Wednesday Win.” It’s a chance for you to win great prizes from the TRCP and take a short break from whatever keeps you busy.

For this week’s “Wednesday Win” we’re holding a caption contest for the photo below. Leave your best comment below. We’ll pick the best comment on Friday, Sept. 28. The winner will receive a  hand-tied, commemorative Bully Bugger framed and ready for display in your home or office.

Check back every Wednesday for your chance to win.






Theodore Roosevelt’s experiences hunting and fishing certainly fueled his passion for conservation, but it seems that a passion for coffee may have powered his mornings. In fact, Roosevelt’s son once said that his father’s coffee cup was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” TRCP has partnered with Afuera Coffee Co. to bring together his two loves: a strong morning brew and a dedication to conservation. With your purchase, you’ll not only enjoy waking up to the rich aroma of this bolder roast—you’ll be supporting the important work of preserving hunting and fishing opportunities for all.

$4 from each bag is donated to the TRCP, to help continue their efforts of safeguarding critical habitats, productive hunting grounds, and favorite fishing holes for future generations.

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