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October 23, 2012

Remembering Dr. James ‘Bud’ Range

Anyone who’s been around the TRCP for a while has heard about Jim Range. Jim is thought of as the primary founder of the TRCP, and while many individuals contributed to the organization’s foundation, Jim had the strategic vision and extraordinary passion that remain at the heart of the organization to this day.

Jim’s instincts for the necessity of the TRCP for American sportsmen have proven to be 100 percent on target in the ten years since he led the way in launching the sportsmen-conservation organization. He was a brilliant strategist and known widely in Republican and Democratic circles in Washington, D.C., as one of the best brains in town. He could walk up to a legislative problem, measure it up and down, cut to a diagnosis and course of treatment without a lot of fancy talk.

Like a country doctor looking over a sick kid, Jim worked as quickly as anyone I’ve ever seen and the solutions he prescribed were always nonpartisan in nature. If you knew Jim’s dad, there was no great mystery as to how he came by this gift.

Jim’s dad, Dr. James J. Range, passed away in early October. “Bud” as his friends knew him, was 94 years old. Unlike Jim, who passed away three years ago at the age of 63, Dr. Range lived the kind of long, full life he deserved. I was fortunate enough to get to know Dr. Range as were many of Jim’s friends and while their outward personalities were markedly different, Jim took after his dad in many ways.

In the mountains of Tennessee around Johnson City, Jim gained a deep appreciation of the outdoors from his dad and it set him on a professional path that would see him become one of the most important sportsmen-conservation advocates of his generation. Jim took traits and smarts learned from his father and applied them to the political arena where he worked to heal divisions that threatened to forfeit American’s great natural resources and the outdoor way of life.

I mostly spent time with Dr. Range out at Jim’s place in Montana. Jim was such a huge personality and such a giant in the political and conservation arenas and it was fascinating to get to know the man who had, along with Jim’s mother, unleashed this whirlwind on all of us. Dr. Range was a warm wonderful person and it clicked for me right away – how this mellow and methodical doctor was connected to his colorful son. They both loved hunting and fishing and the outdoors deep down in their hearts and they both cared so much about other people.

So today I’ll just say thanks to Jim one more time for all he did for me as a friend and for all he did for this country’s sportsmen. And I’ll say thank you to Dr. Range for spending part of his long wonderful life raising such a fine son. We miss you both.

This article was written by TRCP board member George Cooper.

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October 9, 2012

Wednesday Win: Help Name the TRCP Blog

Help name the TRCP Blog and win the ultimate TRCP care package.

We launched the TRCP Blog back in June and we’ve heard lots of positive feedback from our partners in the conservation community. But now we’d like to hear from you.

We want to give the TRCP Blog a name worthy of its content and we want you to help select a new name.

Submit your ideas for a blog name on our Facebook page, tweet it to @theTRCP with the hashtag #TRCPBlog or e-mail us at info@trcp.org. The contest will be open from Wednesday, Oct. 10, to Wednesday, Oct. 17.  We will be narrowing down the suggested blog names and asking our partners to vote on the names they like best, then announcing the winner on Friday, Nov. 2.

If your blog name is chosen, we will send you the ultimate TRCP care package, including a TRCP Buck knife, a signed copy of Steven Rinella’s new book, “Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter,” a TRCP hat and a Bully Bugger made exclusively for the TRCP. The first and second runners-up will receive TRCP hats.

Good luck!

P.S.  When brainstorming blog names, keep in mind our focus on all things Theodore Roosevelt, conservation, fish and wildlife.

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Colorado State Fish Swims in Only One Stream

Can you tell whether this is a greenback? Photo courtesy of ‘TRCP’s Native Trout Adventures.’

The greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado’s state fish, can be found only in a 4-mile span of Bear Creek, located southwest of Colorado Springs.

A recent study conducted by the University of Colorado delved into the genetics of the greenback cutthroat trout and found that many were mistaking the Colorado River cutthroat, Rio Grande cutthroat and others for the greenback.

The U.S. Forest Service is currently exploring options to conserve the greenback and creek upon which the fish depends. Meanwhile, TRCP partner Trout Unlimited is working to address trail impacts the Bear Creek area.

For any anglers out there thinking they caught a greenback only to learn later that they were mistaken, the TRCP feels your pain. Last summer, we shot an episode of “TRCP’s Native Trout Adventures” in which we mistakenly thought we were fishing for – and catching – greenback cutthroat trout in Pike National Forest near South Park, Colo.

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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!

Whit Fosburgh

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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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