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TRCP in The Pacific Northwest

From the Puget Sound to the Snake River’s Hell’s Canyon, and on to the high divide in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the Pacific Northwest is blessed with millions of acres of public lands and thousands of miles of public water. Iconic western species such the Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain elk, Columbia blacktails, mule deer, chukar, salmon, and sea-run cutthroat offer vital recreational opportunities and cultural value. This wild land of mountains and rivers is a hunter’s and angler’s playground where the only currency is boot leather.

The Pacific Northwest Projects

This region hosts tens of millions of acres of public land that offer exceptional hunting and fishing, and TRCP is continually working to maintain and improve access to those lands and waters. Big game, steelhead, and salmon migration are critical to quality hunting and fishing in the PNW and the protection of their movement to natal streams and seasonal ranges means hunters and anglers will enjoy these animals for generations to come. TRCP is also a key partner of the BLM, USFWS, and USFS in the Pacific Northwest and ensures that agency land management planning hears the voices of hunters and anglers.

How we work

  • We prioritize the conservation of large, intact landscapes and watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest that provide irreplaceable habitat for far-ranging and culturally important species, like mule deer and salmon.
  • We hire staff that live, work, hunt, and fish in these important landscapes. Our state-based staff intricately understand the issues affecting our fish and wildlife habitats in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
  • We solve problems by rolling up our sleeves and finding collaborative solutions to difficult natural resources challenges. Our recommendations are guided by the best available science and informed by local knowledge.
  • We are collaborative, seeking to unite recreational hunters and anglers, guides, outfitters, and the region’s many Tribal voices around shared priorities.
  • We focus on safeguarding important habitat that supports world-class fishing and hunting opportunities for all user groups.
  • We believe that hunting and fishing traditions are vital to the heritage of the PNW and best served by improved coordination between state and federal managers, and reduced litigation.

Featured Issue: The Hart-Sheldon Refuge Complex



Oregon lawmakers put $7 million toward more wildlife corridors, for safer highways



Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

Conserving a 100-mile pronghorn migration corridor in the region to improve habitat and big game populations on the refuge that offer one-of-a-kind hunting opportunities.

Owyhee Canyons

Protecting the Owyhee canyon country which is home to native redband rainbow trout, chukar, mule deer, elk, and large unbroken sagebrush-steppe for sage grouse and California bighorn sheep.

Caribou Targhee National Forest Planning

Organizing a public lands collaborative for the impending plan revision on the over three million-acre national forest in eastern Idaho with the goal of maintaining important migration routes, summer ranges, and stop-over areas.

Upper Snake RMP BLM Planning

Rallying hunters and anglers to comment on the Upper Snake Field Office’s plan revision for 1.9 million acres of the High Divide that stretches from central Idaho to Yellowstone National Park.

Salmon-Challis National Forest Planning

Safeguarding the Lower 48’s largest wilderness area by encouraging hunters and anglers to comment on plan revision. Working with other stakeholders to make sure local communities prosper from their proximity to vast public lands.

Wildlife Crossings

Collaborate with state transportation departments, state fish and game, and partners to assure safe passage for wildlife across the highways in the PNW to protect vital migration corridors and daily wildlife movements.

Meet the team

Michael O’Casey, Deputy Director, Pacific Northwest

Michael joined the TRCP in the summer of 2018. He is a native Oregonian who grew up on a small farm just a stone’s throw from the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. Early childhood trips salmon fishing on the Columbia and learning to stalk elk in the mossy forests of the Pacific Northwest hooked him with a passion for hunting and fishing in his home state.

Michael attended the University of Montana, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, and has since worked for federal agencies and nonprofits. Most recently, he led the development and implementation of public and private land stewardship projects throughout eastern Oregon.

He currently lives outside of Sisters, Oregon, with his wife and two boys. In his time off, you can find him with his family, camping, fishing, and hunting in the many diverse landscapes of Oregon’s wild country.

Meet the team

Rob Thornberry, Idaho Field Representative

Rob Thornberry, who joined the TRCP in February 2016 as the Idaho Field Representative, has spent his life chasing animals and fish across the West’s stunning public lands. A journalism graduate from the University of Colorado, Rob reported on outdoor issues for nearly three decades and wrote a weekly outdoor column for The Post Register in Idaho.

Public lands have been his playground since he first started chasing sage grouse across the rolling hills of northwestern Colorado. When not working to ensure sportsmen’s access to public lands, Rob can be found swinging a steelhead fly, busting through rapids, or hunting for elk in his beloved eastern Idaho. He and his wife Margaret are proud parents of two grown children.

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