District of Conservation

District of Conservation

By Gabriella Hoffman
District of Conservation is a podcast highlighting the incredible conservationists who thrive and survive deep in or around "The Swamp." These are the policymakers, storytellers, trailblazers, and hardworking folks who go unnoticed but shape this region—whether they live or work here. In addition to guests, the podcast will also cover difficult and even controversial conservation public policy matters and news.

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District of Conservation is a podcast highlighting the incredible conservationists who thrive and survive deep in or around "The Swamp." These are the policymakers, storytellers, trailblazers, and hardworking folks who go unnoticed but shape this region—whether they live or work here. In addition to guests, the podcast will also cover difficult and even controversial conservation public policy matters and news.


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EP 61: Innovative Ways to Overcome Access Challenges with Buck Robinson of Outdoor Access, Inc.
In Episode 61 of District of Conservation, Gabriella talks with Outdoor Access' Buck Robinson, the company's CMO and co-founder.  Outdoor Access is taking the outdoor industry by storm and has been called  the "Airbnb of the Great Outdoors." The start-up company is dedicated to unlocking the outdoors by making private land more accessible and affordable for all outdoor enthusiasts. They work with private land owners to make their properties available through our platform on a per day basis.   Join Outdoor Access: https://outdooraccess.com/ Follow OA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outdooraccessinc/ Follow OA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/outdooraccess/ Follow OA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/outdoor_access Connect with Buck: https://www.instagram.com/rainmakerbuck/
December 9, 2019
EP 60: Brad Smith of Walton Rods
In Episode 60 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Brad Smith of Walton Rods. Brad discusses his journey from outdoor communicator to small business owner/rod maker, shares some perspectives about misconceptions about fly fishing, how social media (especially Instagram) has played an integral role in their business model, why they don't work with influencers, and retells a story of almost being attacked by a log-wielding homeless man while fishing. You don't want to miss their chat! Walton Rods: https://waltonrods.com/ WR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waltonrods/ WR Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waltonrods/ WR Twitter: https://twitter.com/WaltonRods ## Follow Brad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bradleysmith319/ ##  Subscribe to the podcast at-  Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/district-of-conservation/id1435126030 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4bytWUa76px3IJPVmdaXBX
December 4, 2019
EP 59: Logan Metesh of High Caliber History
In Episode 59 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews High Caliber History's Logan Metesh. Logan is a noted freelance firearms historian. Before branching out on his own, he worked for the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, and the NRA Museum. Unlike many in his field, he's a Millennial and one who specializes in firearms.  He discussed:  His background and what led him to working in this industry His past employment Misconceptions about curating  Insight into museum work and historians' perceptions of firearms His freelance work in the present day The most memorable item he's ever handled or encountered Why POMA is a great avenue for budding outdoor communicators Why it's important for listeners to patronage museums and support them Subscribe on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/district-of-conservation/id1435126030 Subscribe on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4bytWUa76px3IJPVmdaXBX ### Show Resources:  Logan's website: https://www.highcaliberhistory.com/ Logan's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/highcaliberhistory/ Logan's Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/highcaliberhistoryllc/ Logan's Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/HighCaliberHist HCH Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=16503489&redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.highcaliberhistory.com&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=wix Subscribe
December 2, 2019
EP 58: Ladies Fish Tales from Headwaters on the Soque
On October 26, 2019, five female outdoor communicators became Soque Slayers at Headwaters on the Soque (HOTS). It was the lodge's inaugural Ladies Cast and Blast event. Five women from different states, backgrounds, interest levels, and fishing styles all united by a love of fishing, fly and all, share their experiences from this heavenly slice of northeast Georgia. Here are their fish tales.  Our roundtable discussion featured:   Cindy Nguyen of Columbia Sportswear: https://www.instagram.com/sidtx/ Captain Debbie Hanson of Shefishes2 and TakeMeFishing: https://www.instagram.com/shefishes2/ Dun Magazine's Becca Powell: https://www.instagram.com/beccakpowell/ Outdoor Writer Emily George: https://www.instagram.com/em_georgee/ Content Creator Lexi Quinn: https://www.instagram.com/lexxyquinn_/ Contact lodge owner Mark Lovell about pricing and availability here: http://headwatersonthesoque.com/ Follow HOTS here on social media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeadwatersOnTheSoque/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/headwatersonthesoque/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeadwatersSoque
November 27, 2019
EP 57: Gun Control is Coming to Virginia—Here's How to Fight Back & Win
In Episode 57 of District of Conservation, Gabriella dissects the gun control bills that will be heard in Virginia's General Assembly come January and why they won't stop crimes but rather criminalize law-abiding gun owners in the state. She also offers three ways to be proactive and fight back these bad bills.  SHOW NOTES:  HB 2 Firearm transfershttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+HB2 DOJ  study https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/suficspi16.pdf HB9 Stolen firearms -24 hour penalty https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+HB9 SB 12 Like HB2 https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB12 SB 13 Capitol Square gun ban https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB13 SB 14 - Ban of trigger activator https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB14 SB 15: Ban carrying weapons in buildings owned by the Commonwealth (government buildings): https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB15 Virginia Beach shooting victim considered taking gun to work over concerns about colleague, lawyer says: https://www.pilotonline.com/news/virginia-beach-mass-shooting/article_3843db5c-8b9e-11e9-b87f-e3e87b2a3b42.html SB 16: Assault weapons ban (most semi-auto would be banned too) https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB16 SB 18: Universal background check bill & penalty for 18 and under https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB18 SB 22: Reinstates one handgun a month purchase ban: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB22 SB 35: Gun bans in permitted areas: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB35 2020 Lobby Day: https://www.facebook.com/events/virginia-general-assembly/vcdl-lobby-day-1202020-8am/569703807124705/
November 25, 2019
EP 56: We're Moving to Mondays!
District of Conservation will now drop episodes every Monday. And for the holiday season, we'll double up on episodes on Mondays and Wednesdays.  On Monday, Gabriella will have an episode about the gun control bills that will be heard in Virginia's General Assembly come January. On Wednesday, her group interview with female outdoor writers from her Headwaters on the Soque trip debuts. You don't want to miss it! Subscribe on Apple: https://apple.co/34eUwr0 Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2QK55Pc
November 22, 2019
EP 55: Hooking More People on Fishing with Stephanie Vatalaro of Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
Stephanie Vatalaro of Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is our guest for Episode 55 of District of Conservation.  She serves as the Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the organization, which is based in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is a national, non-profit organization that has been leading the drive for over 20 years – in partnership with industry and government, and through its brands Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar – to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing, thereby helping to conserve and restore our country’s aquatic natural resources. Get to know Stephanie and RBFF today on the podcast! Apple: https://apple.co/2qgRdBb Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2NZZ7ba  ### SHOW NOTES:  Visit their website: https://www.takemefishing.org/ Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TakeMeFishing/ Find them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/take_me_fishing/ Find them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Take_Me_Fishing Women Making Waves Campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Z9XtlPBfY Get a Fishing License: https://www.takemefishing.org/get-a-fishing-license/ Places to Fish and Boat: https://www.takemefishing.org/where-to-fish-and-boat/ Show Notes: RBFF Staff - https://www.takemefishing.org/corporate/who-we-are/rbff-staff/ Subscribe to their newsletter 'News Waves' here: https://www.takemefishing.org/corporate/ Subscribe to the YouTube channel and watch their How-To's: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd1jEmFYFXuklsSBrI-7_lQ "Stories of Anglers": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPk8DYcrDVA 60 in 60: https://www.takemefishing.org/60in60/
November 19, 2019
EP 54: Checking In With Safari Club International at Their New DC HQ
Gabriella visited with Ben Cassidy, Chip Honeycutt, and Cyrus Baird at SCI's new DC headquarters on October 21st to see what they're up to, what's going on federally and across the states (in terms of legislation), their new podcast "Tag Soup" debuting, and so much more.  Safari Club International (SCI) is a not-for-profit organization of hunters whose primary missions are to protect the freedom to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation. SCI's 50,000 members and 180 chapters in the US and around the world are passionate about hunting and about wildlife conservation. SHOW NOTES SCI:  https://www.safariclub.org/about-us SCI  Social Media Accounts:   FB: https://www.facebook.com/safariclubintl/  IG: https://www.instagram.com/official_sci/  TW: https://twitter.com/SafariClubIntl  Hunter Advocacy Action Center: https://www.safariclub.org/hunter-advocacy-action-center  Tag Soup: https://www.buzzsprout.com/606196  Membership Info: https://my.safariclub.org/join/  February 2020 Convention: https://www.safariclub.org/sci-annual-convention  SCI Chapter Events: https://www.safariclub.org/chapter-events  Status of PA Sunday Hunting Bill: https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/10/next-vote-imminent-on-opening-more-sunday-hunting-in-pennsylvania.html
October 29, 2019
EP 53: Vote 2A in Virginia, Dierks Bentley Fined for Fishing Sans License, Airbnb Caves to PETA, SCOTUS To Heart First Gun Case in a Decade
In Episode 53 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the latest outdoor and conservation news AND previews some upcoming interviews on the docket.  Why it's important for Virginia voters to vote for pro-gun candidates on November 5th Dierks Bentley getting fined $139.50 for not fishing with a license. No one is above the law: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/2019/10/17/country-star-dierks-bentley-fined-illegal-fishing-during-colorado-music-festival-seven-peaks/4013609002/?fbclid=IwAR1Jl1Tx0wlzNu_p7Af60FypuC6Vdcc8DLIzxDF8KzuCwJaQvN5Z3jA4ywE Airbnb changing Animal Experiences after PETA pressure, gives the fraudulent group $100K: https://www.airbnb.com/s/experiences?&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fexperiences%2FKG%2FTag%3A510&af=&c=.pi0.pk79028398996_386780286208_c_586025151512&sem_position=1t1&sem_target=kwd-586025151512&location_of_interest=&location_physical=9008188&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIn8uH_ryw5QIVooVaBR2SagHYEAAYASAAEgJ7mvD_BwE; https://www.peta.org/media/news-releases/airbnb-donates-100000-to-end-exploitative-wildlife-tourism/ SCOTUS to hear first gun case in a decade, by Stephen Gutowski https://freebeacon.com/issues/supreme-court-refuses-to-throw-out-new-york-gun-rights-case/
October 22, 2019
EP 52: An Update on Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzlies with Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation
Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation is BACK on the podcast to talk about what's happening with the grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE)—which comprises portions of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.  When we first spoke to Joe last year, Judge Christensen ruled that a tentative fall 2019 managed grizzly bear hunt  in the region couldn't take place on the grounds that wildlife biologists allegedly "misled" the public on the recovery status of GYE grizzly bears, despite delisting even being endorsed by the Obama administration—a position that has continued in the Trump administration today.  In Episode 52, Joe discusses:  The implications of that Montana judge re-listing the fully recovered GYE grizzly bears Why there are so many human-bear conflicts in the region lately What could have been had the managed hunt gone through Why legal hunters aren't out to kill grizzlies or bears, in general Lethal and non-lethal ways to mitigate human-bear conflicts How hunters can reconcile their love of bears with management practices How to achieve more harmony with bears without sacrificing livelihoods And ways listeners can support and get involved with the Western Bear Foundation FInd District of Conservation at these major podcast portals:  Apple: http://bit.ly/DistrictOfConservation iHeart Radio: https://ihr.fm/2nblcsx Spotify: https://spoti.fi/33aVUdq ### SHOW NOTES:  USFWS Had to Relist GYE Grizzlies: https://elknetwork.com/grizzly-bears-officially-relisted/ Western Bear Foundation Website: https://www.westernbearfoundation.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernbearfoundation/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westernbearfoundation/?hl=en Joe's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joekondelis/?hl=en
October 8, 2019
EP 51: Mark Oliva of National Shooting Sports Foundation
In Episode 51 of District of Conservation, Gabriella ventured to the Washington, D.C., office of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to sit down with Mark Oliva, the trade association's Director of Public Affairs. NSSF annually puts on SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and boasts well over 10,000 members.  Mark discussed:  His military career and how he landed in public affairs His role at NSSF How NSSF differs from NRA, GOA, and Second Amendment Foundation What NSSF's platform is and its various programs What's on the docket in Congress and elsewhere Pittman-Robertson Act Funds NOTES:  Follow Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/markolivatweets Follow NSSF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NSSF Follow NSSF on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenssf/?hl=en Follow NSSF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NSSFcomm/ NSSF website: https://www.nssf.org/ Suicide Prevention: https://www.nssf.org/safety/suicide-prevention/ Project ChildSafe: https://www.projectchildsafe.org/ SHOT Show 2020: http://www.shotshow.org/ US Fish and Wildlife's "Partner with a Payer Program" https://www.nssf.org/bear-den-study-demonstrates-conservation-contributions-americas-firearms-industry/ Fix NICS: https://www.nssfrealsolutions.org/initiative/fixnics/?utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=sitelink_extension&utm_term=&utm_campaign=nssfdc&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz8bsBRC6ARIsAEyNnvqB16VrICHPqqbgRJxxZWa3hxY4YmDnYnxNNbew6Y47n1Ad-KFv1xUaAhHEEALw_wcB
October 1, 2019
EP 50: Navigating Today's Outdoor Media Landscape with Ken Perrotte
In Episode 50 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews award-winning outdoor writer and photographer Ken Perrotte. Ken is an Air Force veteran with decades' long experience in the communications field. He has served as the Fredericksburg Free Land Star's outdoor columnist since 1997, and also serves as the Conservation Field Editor for NWTF's Turkey Country and as Ducks Unlimited Magazine's South Atlantic Flyway Editor. Ken has had over 2,000 articles published in dozens of hunting, fishing, and sporting publications over the years. He maintains the Outdoors Rambler website. Read his full biography here.  Ken discussed:  How he got 'hooked' on the Great Outdoors What led him to outdoor communications His thoughts on the changing media landscape and how that affects outdoor writing The future of outdoor communications and what aspiring communicators should do  How to recruit, retain, and reactivate newbies into hunting—particularly Millennials and other adults Where to connect with him SHOW NOTES More about Ken: https://www.outdoorsrambler.com/about The American Sportsman TV Show: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344615/ Ken's Free Lance Star columns: https://www.fredericksburg.com/search/?sd=desc&l=25&s=start_time&f=html&t=article%2Cvideo%2Cyoutube%2Ccollection&app=editorial&nsa=eedition&q=ken+perrotte Outdoors Rambler Website: https://www.outdoorsrambler.com/ Outdoors Rambler Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outdoorsrambler/ National Wild Turkey Federation: http://www.nwtf.org/search?cx=002342755466092791803%3Axdzxn3qwgri&ie=UTF-8&q=ken+perrotte&sa=Search POMA: https://poma28.wildapricot.org/ AGLOW: https://aglowinfo.org/ SEOPA: https://www.seopa.org/
September 24, 2019
EP 49: What to Expect on Season 2, Adult Onset Hunters, Aurelia Skipwith’s Nomination Hearing
In Episode 49 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the following:  What to expect on Season Two of the podcast Whether or not adult onset hunting is an epidemic or not How Aurelia Skipwith's nomination hearing to become the next U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer went
September 17, 2019
EP 48: Gun Confiscation, Read #WhyMeadowDied, Cannibalism Won't Save the Planet, $170.6M in LWCF Grants Added
In Episode 48 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the following:  Congressional Democrats pushing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (which would ban most semi-automatic firearms), red flag laws, and universal background checks (plus a plug for WHY MEADOW DIED) A Swedish scientist suggests eating human flesh will curb climate change and better the planet (Gross) The Department of Interior appropriating $170.6M in grant money for more Land and Water Conservation Fund projects SHOW NOTES Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 SENATE: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/66 HOUSE https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1296 WHY MEADOW DIED: https://www.amazon.com/Why-Meadow-Died-Policies-Parkland/dp/1642932191 Cannibalism & Environmentalism Resurgent Article: https://theresurgent.com/2019/09/09/engaging-in-cannibalism-wont-help-the-environment/ Kuru - death by Cannibalism: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001379.htm DOI / LWCF Grant Funding for Projects Press Release Announcing $170.6M in funding for LWCF projects: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-bernhardt-announces-1706-million-support-state-parks-and-outdoor-1
September 10, 2019
EP 47: 'Tis Hunting Season, On William Perry Pendley, 1.4 M More Acres for Fishing & Hunting Opportunities Open on USFWS Lands
In Episode 47 of District of Conservation, we've got much to celebrate! First, it's our one year anniversary of launching, so this show will be a special one to mark the start of Season II of the podcast.  Gabriella discussed the start of the 2019-2020 hunting season and why it's important to get more adult onset hunters into the field. She also discussed William Perry Pendley, the new BLM Deputy Policy and Programs Director, and his op-ed at the Denver Post hitting back at critics about his positions on public lands and news from Department of Interior opening up 1.4m more acres of public land—specifically on 77 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries —to hunting and fishing opportunities.  SHOW NOTES:  IWF 13 Great Podcasts by Conservative Women: https://iwf.org/blog/2808804/13-Great-Podcasts-for-Conservative-Women William Perry Pendley's Bio at BLM: https://www.blm.gov/bio/william-perry-pendley Pendley's Controversial 2016 NRO Column: https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/01/federal-government-should-sell-western-land-follow-constitution/ EAJA: https://www.sba.gov/category/advocacy-navigation-structure/regulatory-policy/small-business-statutes/equal-access-justice-act-eaja "Sagebrush Rebellion" Background: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1986-03-16-8601190635-story.html WPP's Denver Post Column: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/30/william-perry-pendley-rebutting-a-popular-myth-about-my-position-on-public-lands/ WPP's Statement of Not Pursuing Wholesale Transfer of Public Lands: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/8/william-perry-pendley-sagebrush-rebel-embraces-rol/ DOI Statement on Opening Up 1.4M More Acres of Public Lands for Hunting and Fishing - August 30, 2019 https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-bernhardt-expands-public-access-hunting-and-fishing-14-million-acres
September 3, 2019
EP 46: The Future of Trapping with Jeff Traynor of Furbearer Conservation
In Episode 46 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Jeff Traynor of Furbearer Conservation. Nothing provokes immense reaction from Americans today than any mention of fur or fur-trapping. Celebrities, advocacy groups, and politicians have suggested wearing fur is murder and evil. In recent years, the war on fur has greatly reached new heights.  This year, we saw many states take up bills banning predator hunting and trapping—namely in the states of New Mexico and California.  Was this always the case? Not at all.  Historically, trapping wasn’t simply for exchanging pelts or fur. It was also an effective wildlife management tool—a practice still employed today by many ranchers and farmers.  In fact, furbearer management and trapping have a place in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.  In today’s episode, we are joined by Jeff Traynor of Furbearer Conservation. Jeff Traynor is a licensed trapper, on-call urban/wildlife conflict consultant, Associate Certified Entomologist, and wildlife control operator with over a decade of wildlife-handling and conflict mitigation experience. His wildlife services are offered to a myriad of various clients, including government, residential, commercial and agricultural land-owners throughout The Granite State. Jeff was awarded the 2017 “Trapper of the Year” award from the NH Trappers Association, and was also awarded the 2017 “Communication Award of Excellence” from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission for his efforts with the Furbearer Conservation™ project. He is also a certified Trapper Education Instructor for the state of New Hampshire. Jeff’s opinions and commentary on the benefits of regulated furbearer management have been featured both in radio and print. Jeff dedicates his time not only to advocating for regulated trapping practices, but also bolster education on the traits and characteristics of fur-bearing species, as well as non-lethal alternatives to nuisance conflict situations with urbanized wildlife. He passionately regards the importance of, and advocacy for modern fur trapping both as a regulated outdoor activity and as an integral component of modern wildlife management, biology, and conservation. As the founder of Furbearer Conservation™, Jeff continues to create content for the Furbearer Conservation™ project to help foster highly regulated trapping ethics and advocate for sustainable wildlife conservation efforts for future generations to enjoy. SHOW NOTES:  Furbearer Conservation Website: https://twitter.com/Trapper603 FC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trapper603 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/live_free_and_trap/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Trapper603 Furbearer Conservation Newsletter: https://furbearerconservation.com/links
August 20, 2019
EP 45: Endangered Species Act Reforms Will Help More Species Recover, Feral Hogs Are a Real Problem, Congressional Republicans Going Soft on 2A Should Worry You
In Episode 45 of District of Conservation, Gabriella breaks down three important news items. They include:  Newly-unveiled rules changes—or improvements—to the Endangered Species Act, specifically Section 4, 4(d), and 7, were announced by the Department of Interior yesterday to ensure more than 3 percent of listed species are delisted and can be recovered A defense of culling efforts of feral hogs which are invasive and not human-caused, despite one New Republic article claiming otherwise Why Republicans shouldn't wobble and surrender to gun control proposals in wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, which will fail to address the root of the problems of mass shootings ### SHOW NOTES:  ESA Press Release- DOI: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/endangered-species-act Three Percent ESA Recovery Stat: https://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/modernizing-the-endangered-species-act USFWS ESA Revised Regulations, Section 4, 4(d), 7: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_ESA/regulation-revisions.html Section 4: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/listing-and-designating-critical-habitat.pdf Section 7: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/interagency-cooperation.pdf New Republic Article Blaming Humans for Invasive Feral Hogs: https://newrepublic.com/article/154730/30-50-feral-hogs-americans-twisted-relationship-wildlife Six Million Wild Hog Figure: Washington Post: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1158806971316875267 ### Subscribe to District of Conservation here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/district-of-conservation/id1435126030 Follow the podcast on social media:   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DistrictOfConservationPodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/districtofconservationpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DConservPodcast
August 13, 2019
EP 44: Let's Go Shooting
In Episode 44 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the start of National Shooting Sports Month, the critical role firearms play in this country, and how August serves as the perfect opportunity to teach people real gun safety and handling.  Notes: National Shooting Sports Month context How excise taxes collected on firearms go back to and pay most of conservation funding (i.e. habitat conservation and wildlife restoration efforts) First Department of Interior declaration in support of the occasion (2017) Last year's White House proclamation in support of National Shooting Sports Month. 
August 1, 2019
EP 43: Cody McLaughlin of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Joins the Podcast
In Episode 43 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Cody McLaughlin—a Republican political operative by day, outdoorsman and conservationist by night and weekend. Cody sits on the board of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. He was recently recognized as a "30 Under 30: The Green Generation" winner and Insider NJ's 2019 Insider 100 winner.  He discusses the following on today's episode:  His background and how he got hooked on fishing and hunting Why New Jersey has great fishing and hunting opportunities His work as a Republican political operative and how he reconciles it with conservation An update on the black bear hunt ban and where it stands legally and politically Why conservatives can be conservationists His recent trip to the White House His favorite fish to catch and upcoming hunting plans for fall 2019 Notes:  Cody's work profile at The Prosper Group His write-up on a recent experience at the White House with other conservationists and outdoor group representatives.  Cody's work in Save Jersey, NRA Hunters' Leadership Forum, and Bearing Arms Follow him on Twitter. 
July 30, 2019
EP 42: My Interview with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is Up at Sporting Classics Daily
In Episode 42 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses her just released interview with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt up at Sporting Classics Daily.  Prior to becoming the 53rd Interior Secretary, Mr. Bernhardt served as Deputy Interior Secretary under past Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who exited the Trump administration in December of last year. He also served various posts in the same agency during the Bush administration from 2001-2009 and most recently was a Board of Director on Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).  A native of Rifle, Colorado, Bernhardt says hunting and fishing are in his blood. He credits his grandpa for hooking him on fly fishing at an early age. From there, he was soon drawn to shooting sports and hunting. Read the full interview here.  To learn more about Secretary Bernhardt and the Interior Department, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow the podcast on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Connect with host Gabriella Hoffman on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
July 23, 2019
EP 41: Can Conservatives Be Conservationists? Plus The DC Project and BLM Moving Out West
In Episode 41 of District of Conservation, Gabriella deconstructs the misconceptions about political conservatives and conservation by arguing the two can be reconciled. She also discussed the formation of the Republican-led bicameral Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, her findings at the recent DC Project fly-over, and why Bureau of Land Management moving out West is good for improving stakeholder and land management efforts. 
July 16, 2019
EP 40: Lexi Quinn Discusses the Transition from Firefighter to Business Owner, Her Love of Hunting, and The #ValueOfPOMA
In District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Lexi Quinn, a newly-retired firefighter and immediate past U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter. She discusses how she got her start in the Great Outdoors through bowhunting, what compelled her to become a firefighter, how fires are started, what it was like combatting the recent California fires, what it's like for women to serve as firefighters, her thoughts on forest management and what should improve, her next move(s), the value of POMA and why she's glad she joined the organization.  Connect with Lexi on social media:  Personal insta: lexxyquinn_  Blog insta: LifeBeyondLimitsOfficial   Blog website: LifeBeyondLimitsOfficial.com  Media insta: roaming_hygge_media    Facebook: Lexi Quinn
July 9, 2019
EP 39: Op-Ed Calls for Cutting Hunting Access on Public Lands, Previewing My Interview With Secretary Bernhardt, Buy Yo 2019-2020 Duck Stamps
In Episode 39 of District of Conservation, Gabriella previews her interview with Interior Secretary Bernhardt and what they discussed; the problem with this anti-hunting op-ed in the Hartford Courier that calls for cutting hunting access on public lands with declining hunting numbers; and why you should buy a 2019-2020 duck stamp. 
July 2, 2019
EP 38: Value of POMA and On Winning a Pinnacle Award, NEPA and Forestry Reforms, A DC Fourth of July on Expanded National Park Service Monuments
In Episode 38 of District of Conservation, Gabriella returns from a two-week hiatus and updates listeners on the latest happenings and what she's been up to.  During Professional Outdoor Media Association's (POMA) Business Conference in Wichita, Kansas last week, she won the Pinnacle Award in the Conservation category for her Sporting Classics piece "Judicial Review Shouldn't Trump Wildlife Conservation" and she discusses why she's glad she belongs to POMA. Gabriella also discusses the piece being featured in an upcoming print edition of Sporting Classics Magazine for the September/October 2019 issue.  On policy or news updates, she discusses NEPA reforms and why forestry needs to be depoliticized plus updated Fourth of July plans on National Park Service lands in Washington,D.C. for the upcoming "Salute to America" event on the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial. 
June 25, 2019
EP 37: Great Outdoors Month, President Trump Really Doesn't Like Suppressors, War Brewing on 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Theme
In Episode 37 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses how listeners can participating in National Fishing and Boating Weeks festivities through Free Fishing Days again via wwww.takemefishing.org but largely discussed Great Outdoors Month and how to participate; why Trump shouldn't ban suppressors despite one being used in the Virginia Beach mass shooting; and the brewing war on the proposed 2020 Federal Duck Stamp hunting theme.  Notes:  — 2019 National Fishing and Boating Week information.  —Great Outdoors Month website — White House briefing featuring Trump quote on suppressors —Resurgent article on suppressors.  —Federal Duck Stamp theme rule change — "mandatory" hunting theme — 2017 Hunting and Fishing directive from the Department of Interior —Audobon Society article against the rule change.
June 4, 2019
EP 36: Introduce Someone New to Fishing This Year & Gearing Up for National Fishing and Boating Week 2019
In Episode 36 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses fishing in western Maryland for the first time and why the area is a hidden gem. She also discusses taking her friend, Matthew Redmond, on his second fishing trip and his unconventional "first catch" with a carp plus their visit to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve in Thurmont, Maryland.  She also discusses the upcoming 2019 National Fishing and Boating Week and how listeners can practice safe boating and ethical fishing practices from June 1-9, 2019, in their states. 
May 28, 2019
EP 35: On Being a Finalist for POMA's 2019 Pinnacle Awards, Herrera vs. Wyoming, DOI Memo on Frivolous Attorney's Fees and Costs Paid By Taxpayers
In Episode 35 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses being selected as a finalist for Professional Outdoor Media Association's 2019 Pinnacle Awards. She'll find out June 19th if she's a Category Winner or Outstanding Achievement recipient in either the Newspaper/Online Publication or Wildlife Conservation categories.  She also touched upon the new SCOTUS ruling, Herrera vs. Wyoming, that ruled 5-4 that a 1868 Native American treaty exempts the plaintiff from adhering to state wildlife laws in Wyoming, since the state was incorporated after the treaty was signed. Herrera illegally poached a bull elk sans license and out of season in January 2014. There's contention over whether tribal rights will supersede state law and invite other parties to request similar exemptions to seasons and license requirements.  Gabriella also discussed why DOI is making environmental attorney's fees and costs recouped by taxpayers available to the public. Here's the memo to better understand what this will entail. It comes after a September 2018 Secretarial order that called for such transparency. 
May 21, 2019
EP 34: Being on Tarpon Time, More Public Target Ranges Coming, Wild Game Donation Bill Being Mulled, and Moratorium on Virginia's Trophy Striped Bass Season
In Episode 34 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent tarpon fishing trip and how she lost a battle with one. However, she didn't come up empty-handed: she caught some bluefish and her first speckled trout. She fished alongside two ladies, Emily Feeks and Amy Lockhart, who serve in the Navy, thanks to James Boggs of Team ADDO. They fished with Captain Jason Lineburger of Ruthless Fishing Charters, who put them on the board with a lot of snook, speckled trout, and blue fish.  Gabriella also discussed H.R. 1222 passing both chambers of Congress and awaiting signage by President Trump; H.R.  2291 - the Wild Game Donation Act of 2019 - being mulled in the House and NSSF's good explainer on what it'll do if passed; and the moratorium on the Virginia striped bass trophy season that recently went into effect. 
May 7, 2019
EP 33: Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins Talks The Power of Video Storytelling and Why It's Needed in Hunting
In Episode 33 of District of Conservation, Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins joins the podcast to discuss Season 3 of his project and the power of video storytelling in the hunting industry.  Here's what he touched upon:  His background and how a letter is the inspiration behind Blood Origins His career in wildlife biology  What is Blood Origins and the gist of the project Why he prefers America's conservation system over anywhere else The challenges that arise from people and entities not engaged in video storytelling What makes a good hunting story and what he looks out for in subjects to profile How to win over skeptics in the hunting industry and the importance of projecting authenticity Dream guests for the series How listeners can support Blood Origins and get involved Visit www.bloodorigins.com to learn more about the project. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
April 30, 2019
EP 32: Earth Day Special- Introducing Conservation Nation, Another Virginia Deer Found With CWD, DOI Sport Fishing and Boating Council
In Episode 32 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the bleak origin of Earth Day and how sportsmen and women can reclaim the holiday from radical environmentalists. She also discussed her new CFACT video series CONSERVATION NATION and what viewers can expect from it. She also touched upon the latest chronic wasting disease (CWD) case found in a Culpeper, VA deer and some new members of the Department of Interior's Sport Fishing and Boating Council.  Watch CONSERVATION NATION EP. 1 with Buck Robinson of Outdoor Access here and SUBSCRIBE to their YouTube channel to never miss an episode. 
April 23, 2019
EP 31: Brian Lynn and Bruce Tague from Sportsmen's Alliance Join the Podcast
On Episode 31 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Brian Lynn and Bruce Tague from Sportsmen's Alliance. Brian serves as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing, while Bruce serves as Vice President of Government Affairs.  Sportsmen's Alliance first began as the Wildlife Legislative Fund of America and Wildlife Conservation Fund of America, the organization formed in 1977 after Ohio Ballot Issue 2 threatened Ohio’s trapping community. After leading the fight to successfully defeat the bill, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance was officially incorporated in 1978 as the number one defender of sportsmen across the country. During the summer of 2015, USSA’s name changed to the Sportsmen’s Alliance in an effort to decrease name length and enhance brand recognition. Here's what they discussed:  Introduction + Sportsmen's Alliance Basics  How is SA different from other hunting organizations and who their partners are Hunting bills (anti- and pro-) that have been deliberated across the US this legislative session — over 500 and what kinds of bills will be considered in the future Why hunters should care about electing and supporting the right politicians What David Bernhardt's confirmation to lead DOI means for hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts Hunting isn't a constitutional right, but is a right per right to hunt and fish amendments found in 22 states across the U.S. Why hunters should be aware of anti-harassment laws in place in all but CA to protect them against bullying by anti-hunters What the media gets wrong about hunters and how to counter negative portrayals Final thoughts and how listeners can connect with them.  To learn more about Sportsmen's Alliance, visit www.sportsmensalliance.org and join their organization. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  *Show Notes*  Right to Hunt and Fish Amendments: https://ballotpedia.org/Right_to_hunt_and_fish_constitutional_amendments Hunter Harassment Laws: https://www.animallaw.info/topics/hunter-harassment
April 16, 2019
EP 30: Yes, Elk Are Thriving in Virginia and Come To Ohio State University Tomorrow for a "Hunting is Conservation" Panel
In Episode 30 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her experience in Virginia's Elk Country and why this is a conservation success. She also  talked about her upcoming talk at Ohio State University tomorrow on how "Hunting is Conservation" alongside Bruce Tague of Sportsmen's Alliance and Dr. Robert Gates from Ohio State University's School of Environment and Natural Resources.  There are about 200 elk in SWVA right in the heart of Coal Country.  Elk used to roam much of the East Coast until the late 1880’s, when the Eastern elk sub-species were over-hunted and poached to extinction. It was hunters, interestingly enough, who realized they must be responsible for and protect them, which is why the North American Model of Conservation was established. True conservation groups like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation were started to bring imperiled wildlife back to the forefront. Today, elk can be found all over the East Coast and may soon be found in states like Illinois and New York. Their return is welcome as they play an integral role in the ecosystem. Elk reintroduction efforts began in 2012. Seven years later, the herd is ever-growing and 50 new calves are expected to be born this month. For now, hunting the herd should be put on hold until it reaches manageable numbers for sustainable culling. A few elk have sadly been poached by terrible people since the introduction but all stakeholders are vested in and determined to protect them and see them flourish. That is the truth about hunters and conservation. Elk Notes:  http://www.virginiaplaces.org/natural/elk.html https://www.facebook.com/thegabbyhoffman/videos/415743195665565/?__xts__[0]=68.ARDTYa4WzztDHeRstrRKi7v6_MQ2ILtIW1zYkKwK11vazkoQYIJKHFU9lW7w8wVVuxnqtTsdV6CIbYXC212PmrCqWmMpRaOrB9faQLUhT0lXKbvJhZEsTfJ_-LiTpgm5JYcSqrg1udyXQSwbo1qX3t1HQvfL0ZRKGehyoXQb9K86y9G1ixQhMMAVaCg-RRY3hKeZNepk5IFNBaDQQpJmS4sfLodivO3Q22bWbebuN0Yfdk64s0YaEz06D4S4O0rGV74i5aYFLomSeGUhWRHw7OlXu5Yn8wa5iwgQU6YIgTlDMHnwRGFKCMoD1Y-otMJZO0awSclF_mVGM9UVd5AJelXGULhmFTc&__tn__=H-R https://www.wideopenspaces.com/history-eastern-elk-now/ https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/elk-come-home-to-virginia/article_130e9d58-9fba-11e7-99b4-478d62bbf1db.html Info for Attending the OSU Panel Discussion:   https://u.osu.edu/timeforchange/
April 2, 2019
EP 29: Stephen Gutowski of Washington Free Beacon Joins the Podcast to Talk What the Media Gets Wrong About Guns and More
In Episode 29 of District of Conservation, Gabriella invites listeners to hear from Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon. He is an NRA-certified firearms instructor and a recipient of a 2018 Defender of Liberty award from Second Amendment Foundation. Why firearms? Excise taxes collected on firearms through the Pittman-Robertson Act help pay the majority of conservation funding that comes from hunters and anglers.  Gutowski has written for WFB since September 2014. What sparked his interest in firearms and subsequent interest in reporting on them? A 2009 visit to the range during a media internship. Though he grew up in Pennsylvania, it wasn't until he moved to the Washington, D.C. area  Stephen's interest in firearms took form. He noticed there was a serious deficit of gun beat reporters and made it his mission, given his newfound interest in the topic, to help bring fairness to the subject. Now, he's on a mission to not only inform his readers on the latest news and legislation being considered but to ensure mainstream reporters get their firearms facts right. Gutowski, Gabriella argues, is someone industry folks, reporters, and gun owners should follow.  Follow Stephen on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Bookmark his articles and send him a tip.
March 26, 2019
EP 28: Nathan Edmondson of Eco Defense Group (EDGE) Joins the Podcast
In Episode 28 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes Nathan Edmondson of Eco Defense Group to the podcast.  Nathan has worked in the entertainment industry and says his involvement in wildlife conservation was necessitated by an urgent need to protect endangered species like the African elephant.  The rest is history.  Nathan talks about the following during the interview:  How he got involved in wildlife conservation and how EDGE was born What EDGE is and why it was started He discussed how EDGE doesn't employ Neo-Colonialism by working with locals to ensure they don't get sucked into poaching The seriousness of anti-poaching efforts The Buzzfeed report on paramilitary anti-poaching troopers World Wildlife Fund contracted out and why their group wouldn't outsource hiring to those they don't vet EDGE initiatives and why Americans should care about conserving endangered species there and domestically How listeners can get involved with EDGE and learn more about the group. EDGE was established in 2017 and is committed to ambitious preservation of African wildlife through protection, innovation and community. Their work spans across South Africa, Namibia and other countries as projects dictate.  Their extensive experience on the ground, exclusive access to frontline conservation areas and extraordinary team members — with backgrounds in US Special Operations, entertainment, genetics, business and other fields — make them a radically effective organization. Contact them at edge@ecodefensegroup.org.  Support their latest campaign to protect the rhino here.  You can learn more about the organization at www.EcoDefenseGroup.org. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
March 19, 2019
EP 27: Boris is Back! My Dad Returns to the Podcast to Talk Mountain Lions, Green New Deal, Conservation, and Our Upcoming Fishing Trips
In Episode 27 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes her dad, Boris Hoffman, back to the podcast.  They discuss mountain lions, the Green New Deal, Conservation, gun control, hunting, and their upcoming fishing trips.
March 12, 2019
EP 26: Make Hunting Ecumenical Again and Outdoor Women Making Waves During March
In Episode 26 of District of Conservation, Gabriella deviates from the usual discussion of public policy affecting anglers and hunters to instead discuss the need for the outdoor industry to adopt a more ecumenical approach to hunting and fishing recruitment efforts, not subtraction with lectures on the "right" way to hunt or fish. She also mentions Independent Women Forum's inclusion of the podcast on their "must-listen" list: http://www.iwf.org/blog/2808804/13-Great-Podcasts-for-Conservative-Women It doesn't matter how you hunt or fish as long as it's tasteful, ethical, and legal. West vs. East. Rifle vs. bow. Small game vs. big game. Public land vs. private land. High fence vs. backcountry. And sometimes, Fly vs. bait  or spin cast. It doesn't matter. Nobody should dictate your preferred style of hunting or fishing—given we have free will here in the U.S. With hunting participation in dire need of new participants, nothing stymies this more than negative voices. Can we get past these stupid intraparty arguments? Let's go fishing and hunting! She mentions how Outdoor Access Inc. is a good solution for private land hunting access: https://outdooraccess.com/#/ And Gabriella touches upon how lady anglers and hunters should be honored during the month of March through elevation, not torched and discouraged. She discusses a great post by Alycia Downs' recent blog post on her website TIDE + TALE on why outdoor women who are authentic and trying shouldn't be teared down. It goes along the lines of the first topic of discussion. Here's Alycia's article: https://www.tideandtale.com/tidbits-posts/2019/2/24/enough-is-enough-bashing-women-in-the-outdoor-industry-is-not-okay?fbclid=IwAR3ZbpHlHNbfnarf0zS-lDQXFOng3IujfgKrf-l3A2tHwWc8jBYCntdqVRA Join the Wild Women Working in the Outdoors Industry Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412809456194653/
March 5, 2019
EP 25: House Democrats Are Keen on Confiscating Guns From Law-Abiding Americans, Maryland Sunday Hunting Bills, and LWCF Could Be Killed By the Green New Deal
In Episode 25 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a wide swath of trending and breaking topics.  First, she discusses how keen House Democrats are with gun confiscation, rather than working to actually reduce gun violence. H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 may pass through the House of Representatives today or mid-week, and that would be alarming.  HR 8 Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/8/text Shayna's Miami Herald Article: https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article226108705.html Mention of DOJ study where 90% of criminals admit to using illegal means to procure guns: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/suficspi16.pdf  HR 1112 Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1112?s=1&r=25 NJ Story: https://www.foxnews.com/us/no-one-helped-her-nj-woman-murdered-by-ex-while-awaiting-gun-permit Second, she breaks down how good it is to see Sunday Hunting bills for deer and waterfowl in Maryland.  Sportsmen's Alliance blurb: https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/news/maryland-bills-expands-sunday-hunting/ SB 293: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb0293&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2019rs (Bill was withdrawn ) SB 390: Still being considered https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/SB390/2019 And she tops it off with a brief overview of permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and why the Green New Deal would wipe it out of existence. LWCF Background: https://www.lwcfcoalition.com/ Resurgent Article: https://theresurgent.com/2019/02/21/land-water-conservation-fund-greenewdeal/ 
February 26, 2019
EP 24: Boris Hoffman Fled Socialism to Pursue His American Dream and Fish Without Fear
In Episode 24 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Boris Hoffman— a general contractor and avid angler. Boris also happens to be Gabriella's dad.  Boris discusses the following:  — How he picked up fishing in Soviet-occupied Lithuania despite not having family interested in it —How central planning destroyed the environment in Eastern Europe —He expanded on Soviet propaganda they fed the populace that capitalism killed wildlife and the environment, but says immigrating to the USA the opposite was true —He said the Green New Deal would kill the construction industry and boating/hunting industries —Why our conservation model in America is best —Why environmental policies should be basic but limited and energy companies shouldn't be subsidized  —He discusses the gun culture of the USSR vs. the gun culture of America and why the latter is better —Why we are NRA members are law-abiding and join the organization willingly—like he and Gabriella did —How an FBI agent told him he didn't know where Lithuania was when he was going through the NICS background check when purchasing our guns.  —Why it’s important to get kids hooked on the Great Outdoors —Why we love Raise Em Outdoors and plan to be fishing counselors again —Why he wants to start hunting at age 64 & value of meat and pelts Learn more about him and hire him for your next remodeling project, if in the DC Metro Area, at www.BalticConstruction.net . 
February 19, 2019
EP 23: The "Green New Deal" Is Awful for True Conservation, PA Sunday Hunting Making Waves, Animal Rights Groups Thwarting Maryland Ray Fishing Management
In Episode 23 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discuss how the "Green New Deal" is not only awful for the environment, it'll kill conservation efforts, boating, and other activities that involve traditional energy sources.  Plus, she discussed Pennsylvania's Sunday Hunting bill being considered and animal rights activists interfering with ray fishing management efforts in Maryland.  SHOW NOTES Green New Deal: https://theresurgent.com/2019/02/11/socialism-free-enterprise-environment-greennewdeal/ PA Hunting Bill - St. Senate : https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/news/pennsylvania-sunday-hunting-bill-clears-first-hurdle/ Ray tournament fishing ban extension: https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/general_assembly/ac-cn-cownose-rays-20190209-story.html
February 12, 2019
EP 22: David Bernhardt Nominated to Run Interior Department
In Episode 22 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a lot of news—starting with how pro-gun interests in Virginia will benefit from the fallout of political chaos befalling Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) and Lt. Government Justin Fairfax. She also discusses appearing in both Field & Stream and Outdoor Life for the first time. She wrote about SHOT Show 2019 happenings there.  Gabriella also discussed the selection of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, previously Deputy Interior Secretary, to succeed former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who bowed out in December. She also discussed the news that a Lee County, VA school district is countersuing Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a huge anti-gunner, for preventing the school district from implementing this firearms policy.  SHOW NOTES Articles -  Field & Stream piece: https://www.fieldandstream.com/15-outdoor-influencers-reveal-their-favorite-shot-show-gear#page-16 Outdoor Life piece: https://www.outdoorlife.com/15-coolest-things-you-missed-out-on-at-shot-show-2019 DOI Announcement: https://twitter.com/DOIDepSec/status/1092521879569686534 Stephen Gutowski's Lee County lawsuit piece: https://freebeacon.com/issues/virginia-school-district-sues-state-ag-to-allow-staff-to-carry-guns/
February 5, 2019
EP 21: Post SHOT Show Recap & Interior/USFWS Social Media Accounts Are Running Again!
In Episode 21 of District of Conservation, Gabriella reviews her recent trip to SHOT Show and previews her upcoming articles reviewing the show for a big outdoor publication and ReelCamo Girl.  She also discusses why it's good to see U.S. Department of Interior / US Fish and Wildlife Service social media up and running again is a good thing.  Show Notes: https://www.nssf.org/successful-shot-show-featured-innovation-and-growth/
January 29, 2019
EP 20: Bad Gun Bills Mostly Defeated in Virginia. Plus Some Good Hunting Bills.
In Episode 20 of District of Conservation, Gabriella updates listeners on the status of Governor Northam's (D-VA) anti-gun package—most of which were defeated—and three surprisingly good hunting bills before the General Assembly this legislative session.  Show notes:  Gutowski on assault weapons bans bill still in the Senate:  https://freebeacon.com/issues/gun-confiscation-plan-backed-by-va-gov-defeated-in-house-awaits-vote-in-senate/ HB 1621 Hunting license; trip hunting license for residents. Allows Virginia residents to purchase a trip hunting license in lieu of the standard local or statewide hunting license; Trip hunting licenses. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+ful+HB1621  HB 2331 Wildlife Corridor Action Plan and Advisory Council  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=HB2331 . Elk Hunting License—HB 2687:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=HB2687  https://www.facebook.com/VABearHunters/?__tn__=kCH-R&eid=ARCw8xmLHVZbub2BEZ-kBpMIkd4vPFNLMzTN43tqL2iaEK15pZLnzny-CRBfvtibci2_wciL-RvsT0Fd&hc_ref=ARRLjW9YwZNr7qJG30B2JqBHaLXYeoRtOjxTdMu0DFYgxO2fXuIjjWUR3IlyITVzFJw&fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARD5m1pHu8iT316lp4AnY9umv2-a472DlS9P1saIGTNsVfmwCnEQLSe0Q1Giddq2ynhZ4RL63vuYHGk5gEs0cuCAJVT9AkImCP952FTQQQ-izB1x5G9ojxLdBsb5VJF7YiSs5ddUyG4gRibrYkKZdO6gMb--nLTCdtuXm2n5xPvQP0XhqGoeJ5UCsutd3FQiKilaTNAlGxYClrHQdaIuBw4omTeYqBZv9YmAea6GeYa4atTBBXJa_zcxvwgbNuptXyoAYiY_m1RuCbanzyJc03db_9ZXf8prY23824xaOcD8je8FVyD_LdHg4NhvU82VDQisqkmJe0aev1U4dKppZ4ed  https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/legislation/ 
January 22, 2019
EP 19: 2019 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival Recap and Interviews
In Episode 19 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recaps the 19th annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival. She also conducts four mini interviews with four outdoor communicators at the show:  —Emily George, outdoor writer, SEOPA member, and content specialist at Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Instagram: www.instagram.com/em_georgee —Debbie Hanson, outdoor writer and freshwater fishing guide out of Estero, Florida.  Website: www.shefishes2.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/shefishes2 Instagram: www.instagram.com/shefishes2 Twitter: www.twitter.com/shefishes2 —Joe Mahler, artist and fly casting instructor. He also works closely with Reilly Rod Crafters Website: www.joemahler.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/joe.mahler.54 Instagram: www.instagram.com/joe_mahler —Matt Reilly, millennial fishing guide out of SW Virginia and outdoor writer Website: www.mattreillyflyfishing.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/matthew.reilly.7 Instagram: www.instagram.com/mattreillyflyfishing  To learn more about the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.com .  Follow them on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vaflyfishingfestival/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vaflyfishing  Instagram: www.instagram.com/vaflyfishingfestival
January 15, 2019
EP 18: There's Nothing "Reasonable" About Gov. Northam's Gun Control Package
In Episode 18 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the signing of the Modern Fish Act into law, the upcoming gun legislation in Virginia's General Assembly, and her fishing/hunting goals for 2019.  SHOW NOTES:  Northam's announcement on "reasonable" gun package: https://wset.com/news/at-the-capitol/gov-northam-announces-gun-control-package-to-be-introduced-in-next-session Northam's $1.4M donation from gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, from 2017 campaign: https://www.vpap.org/candidates/67038/donor/229503/?start_year=all&end_year=all&contrib_type=all Gun bills to be mulled in the 2019 legislative session: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+sbj+068 VCDL's App on how each gun bill, good or bad, weighs: http://www2.vcdl.org/webapps/vcdl/2019leg.html?fbclid=IwAR2-QbuzkJk6kMaUgfDO54A-fFZ4GSjg8rPaZdNwxZd6pHmiW10OqMtppyU  Info on Virginia Lobby Day 1/21: https://www.vcdl.org/event-3101533?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=1%2F4%2F2019&fbclid=IwAR2qjIo0GkdXfLMB-vmvsCTSKlSISSuf1JBzpZ4FdWMdDFkAYcvrNelr48U
January 8, 2019
EP 17: Free Market Environmentalism with CFACT's Adam Houser and Graham Beduze
In Episode 17 of District of Conservation, Gabriella sits down with Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)'s campus division, which is run by Adam Houser and Graham Beduze. It was recorded in SW Florida over the weekend at their Eco Summit, where Gabriella delivered a "Hunting is Conservation" speech to student leaders.  Adam and Graham touched upon the following:  —What CFACT is and their roles in the organization —They discussed what free market environmentalism is — Conservation vs. Preservation Debate —The problems with the Green New Deal —The intersectionality of environmentalism and technology  —Why socialism undermines the climate, not bolsters it —Challenges to Free Market Environmentalism  —What CFACT's 2019 goals are ### Follow CFACT on social media http://www.cfact.org/ http://www.cfactcampus.org/ https://www.instagram.com/cfact/ https://www.facebook.com/CFACTCampus/ https://www.facebook.com/cfact/ https://twitter.com/CFACT https://twitter.com/CFACTCampus _ Follow Graham: https://twitter.com/GBeduze https://www.instagram.com/gbeduze/ _ Follow Adam:  https://twitter.com/adam_houser https://www.instagram.com/adam.houser/
January 1, 2019
EP 16: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is Out—Who Will Replace Him? Plus Two Fish-Minded Bills
In Episode 16 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the news of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's tenure at DOI, his accomplishments, what led to him resigning, and who his successor could be. She also discussed the Modern Fish Act making waves in the Senate, awaiting reconciliation and the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act. Show Links: Zinke's statement: https://twitter.com/SecretaryZinke/status/1074014810830974977 Zinke v. Pruitt comparison: https://www.axios.com/smoother-but-same-track-at-interior-with-ryan-zinke-gone-1ae0f0dc-fba1-4334-8195-c031e94a3b84.html Zinke v Grijalva spat; New chair wanted to subpoena him https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/interior-chief-zinke-calls-rep-grijalva-drunken-after-resignation-op-ed.html Modern Fish Act update - passage in the U.S. Senate : http://www.sportfishingpolicy.com/media-room/u-s-senate-passes-modern-fish-act/ Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act: https://naturalresources.house.gov/newsroom/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=405979
December 18, 2018
EP 15: The Greater Sage Grouse, Sportsmen's Package Must Pass, WOTUS Rule Reform is Conservation Win
In Episode 15 of District of Conservation, Gabriella explains the situation with the greater sage grouse and reforms to the 2015 plan; conservation groups backing a "Sportsmen's Package" during the Lame Duck Session, and newly announced plans to scale back the overreaches of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. which subjects all bodies of water, including puddles and ditches, to regulation. SHOW NOTES: SAGE GROUSE IUCN Status on Sage Grouse and Threats to It: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22679503/92816586 Final Records of Decision from September 2015 explaining plan for greater sage grouse: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/historic-conservation-campaign-protects-greater-sage-grouse Pew on 2015 sage grouse plan: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2015/09/22/sage-grouse-habitat-protected-by-historic-obama-administration-plans Wyoming Tribune Eagle on state's rights angle to management of sage grouse and WY Governor opinion https://www.wyomingnews.com/news/local_news/new-rules-give-states-more-authority-over-sage-grouse/article_db00a038-fb88-11e8-882a-ff6d5a2e1e6f.html TRCP Article on Rule Change: http://www.trcp.org/2018/12/06/blms-revised-sage-grouse-plans-continue-conservation-create-uncertainty/ SPORTSMEN PACKAGE - LAME DUCK https://elknetwork.com/ask-congress-to-pass-sportsmens-package/#/25/ http://www.cahss.org/conservation-leaders-urge-congress-to-pass-sportsmens-priorities/?fbclid=IwAR2qNyhFatgPV-BC679RPloqyjH2h00NCGoBTpOGAdSedOCFYQAK7ZQsEns http://congressionalsportsmen.org/the-media-room/news/csf-asks-congressional-leaders-not-to-be-lame-ducks https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/news/alert-package-of-pro-sportsmens-bills-need-your-support/ WOTUS Rule Reform: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-propose-new-waters-united-states-definition
December 11, 2018
EP 14: President H.W. Bush Should Be Honored For His Contributions to Fishing and Conservation
In Episode 14 of District of Conservation, Gabriella touches on Bush 41's legacy with respect to conservation, environmental issues, and fishing. She also discusses why the 8-0 ruling in Weyerhaueser vs. U.S.F.W.S is a win for private property rights and conservation. She also touches upon four critical pieces of legislation awaiting passage in Congress — especially the Senate. They include the Modern Fish Act, Manage Our Wolves Act, renewing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Modernizing Pittman Robertson-Act. Link to H.W. Bush conservation legacy : https://asafishing.org/sportfishing-industry-honors-president-george-h-w-bushs-conservation-lega/ & DU statement on his passing http://www.ducks.org/press-room/news-releases/-passing-of-george-bush-a-loss-to-conservation Weyerhaueser vs. USFWS context EP5 of District of Conservation: https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/episodes/EP-5-Its-Time-to-Modernize-the-Endangered-Species-Act-e2b00b Modern Fish Act: EP 12 https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/episodes/EP-12-Allen-Luck-of-American-Sportfishing-Association-Talks-Modern-Fish-Act-Status-and-More-e2k6ud Manage Our Wolves Act: https://www.themaven.net/theresurgent/contributors/house-passes-manage-our-wolves-act-to-keep-gray-wolf-population-in-check-3unJ69rsEUqL0yGgtgxXew/ Land and Water Conservation Fund: https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/episodes/EP-3-3-Conservation-Bills-Passed-in-the-House-Last-Week-e27rft Modernizing Pittman-Robertson : https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2591
December 4, 2018
EP 13: It's #GivingTuesday: Which Groups Should Hunters, Anglers, and Gun Owners Support?
In Episode 13 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a helpful article on which conservation groups hunters and anglers should support on #GivingTuesday and lists the best groups to support that promote true conservation efforts. Article on Charity Navigator, IRS 990 / 1040 Forms, and Foundation Money https://lustravagorvirginia.home.blog/2018/11/21/you-must-choose-but-choose-wisely/ Groups Gabriella mentioned as worthy of donating to or joining: Sportsmen's Alliance - https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/ Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - https://www.rmef.org/ NRA - https://home.nra.org/ Western Bear Foundation - http://www.westernbearfoundation.org/ National Wild Turkey Federation - http://www.nwtf.org/ Ducks Unlimited - https://www.ducks.org/ Delta Waterfowl - https://deltawaterfowl.org/ Safari Club International - https://www.safariclub.org/ Raise 'Em Outdoors - https://www.raiseemoutdoors.com/ Project Healing Waters - https://projecthealingwaters.org/ Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - http://congressionalsportsmen.org/
November 27, 2018
EP 12: Allen Luck of American Sportfishing Association Talks Modern Fish Act Status and More
In Episode 12 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is joined by Allen Luck of American Sportfishing Association live in Old Town Alexandria. Allen serves as Digital Director at the trade organization and runs their "Keep America Fishing" initiative. He also is a tournament bass angler. Allen discusses his work with ASA, discusses the status of the Modern Fish Act, talks about his recent "catch of a lifetime", why shows like Mike Iaconelli's "Fish My City" can inspire more anglers to fish in urban areas, how to continue fishing participation, and how listeners could connect with him. Learn more about ASA at https://asafishing.org/ & https://KeepAmericaFishing.org/ Follow Keep America Fishing online Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keepamericafishing/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepamericafishing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaf_fishing Follow ASA online Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASAfishing/ Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/ASAfishing/ Follow Allen online: Website: http://allenluckfishing.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/allenluckfishing YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4NtrWhIjK8lHCadollUYVQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllenLuckFishing Learn about the Modern Fish Act and its status here: https://asafishing.org/advocacy_and_policy/advocacy/modern-fish-act/
November 20, 2018
EP 11: New House Leadership Will Work Against Sportsmen's Interests
In Episode 11 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the effects of the 2018 midterm elections. She notes that Democrats who have reclaimed the House of Representatives want to pursue anti-gun legislation, but won't have it advance past their chamber. It'll die in the U.S. Senate. She notes that the new incoming Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) boasts an abysmal record on sportsmen's issues and has backing from extreme animal rights groups. She notes that NC passing the right to hunt and fish amendment is a win for conservation and that state Democrats worked actively against it. LINKS: Democrats want to push more aggressive gun control : https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-plan-to-pursue-most-aggressive-gun-control-legislation-in-decades-1541791440 Raul Grijalva to lead House Natural Resources if Democrats retake the House https://www.outsideonline.com/2357951/what-democrats-raul-grijalva-plan-do-about-zinke NC Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment https://www.themaven.net/theresurgent/contributors/north-carolina-adds-right-to-hunt-and-fish-amendment-to-state-constitution-YtXcTctu8069XrKMCf36Gw/
November 13, 2018
EP 10: Election Day Special on What Hunters, Anglers, and Gun Owners Will Likely Vote For
In Episode 10 of District of Conservation, Gabriella details whether or not hunters and anglers will be driven to vote by single issues like public lands access and red tide/toxic algae and if they will break political orthodoxy or not; Gabriella details her thoughts on the North Dakota Democrat Party's awful ads targeting hunters and scaring them about voting today; and Gabriella details why North Carolina residents should vote and support the right to hunt and fish (RTHF) amendment against arguments opposing it. Links for discussion: North Dakota Ad: https://www.nrahlf.org/articles/2018/11/4/north-dakota-democrats-try-to-suppress-hunters-votes/ NC Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment For: https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article220949245.html Against: https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article220895360.html
November 6, 2018
EP 9: I Was One of 245 Americans Who Participated in TIME's "Guns in America" Cover
In Episode 9 of District of Conservation, Gabriella gives a brief overview of her experience participating in TIME Magazine's "Guns in America" cover: http://time.com/guns-in-america/ She also discusses the appointment of Aurelia Skipwith to be Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Senate confirmation process that await her; new hunting license numbers showing a whopping 15.6M hunters across the U.S. bought licenses; President Trump signing the most comprehensive water infrastructure bill into law last week - especially to help with the EAA Reservoir Construction in Florida; and new updates to waterfowl and Canada goose possession limits in the Atlantic Flyway (Maryland and Virginia) set to be enacted during the 2019-2020 season. Links: DOI - USFWS Skipwith Nomination: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-applauds-president-trumps-nomination-aurelia-skipwith-be-director-us?platform=hootsuite National Hunting License Report: https://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/licenseinfo/Natl%20Hunting%20License%20Report%202018.pdf WRDA and EAA Reservoir: https://www.thefishingwire.com/releases/4044c6ec-2001-41b8-bec3-d6c1b8dc9174 Atlantic Flyway Possession Changes for 2019-2020 Season: https://deltawaterfowl.org/atlantic-flyway-goose-seasons-shortened-mallard-limits-reduced-for-2019-2020/
October 30, 2018
EP 8: Erin Crooks of Raise 'Em Outdoors
In Episode 8 of District of Conservation, Erin Crooks of Raise 'Em Outdoors joins the podcast. Erin discussed being a Virginia transplant, a recap of her 2018 kids' camps, why she wants more kids fishing/hunting, her son's anti-hunting kindergarten teacher, why we love GoWild, and more. Learn more at www.RaiseEmOutdoors.com Donate gear/tackle/apparel to REO here: https://www.raiseemoutdoors.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=58c1ba2c20099ecd41e1175f Follow Erin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erin_crooks_/ Follow REO on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raiseemoutdoors/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaiseEmOutdoors Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raiseemoutdoors/
October 24, 2018
EP 7: National Hunting & Fishing Month, Billfish Conservation, EAA Reservoir Approved, Gun Bank Bill
In Episode 7 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent trip to Florida, discusses National Hunting and Fishing Month proclamation, the implementation of the improved Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, both chambers of Congress passing water infrastructure bill that'll help Florida construct the EAA Reservoir, and why Sen. Kennedy (R-LA)'s No Red and Blue Banks Act will keep a check on banks that engage in social corporate policies that penalize law-abiding gun manufacturers and companies.
October 16, 2018
EP 6: Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation
In Episode 6 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation. Joe serves as president and CEO of the organization, which is dedicated to the conservation of western bears like the grizzly. Joe discussed his group's mission statement, the problem with judicial review interfering with managed grizzly hunts, offers a defense of big game hunting, and discusses the future of conservation if the Endangered Species Act isn't reformed to accurately reflect the health of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem strain of grizzly bears. Learn more at www.WesternBearFoundation.org and follow them on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernbearfoundation/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westernbearfoundation/
October 9, 2018
EP 5: It's Time to Modernize the Endangered Species Act
In Episode 5 of District of Conservation, Gabriella breaks down the need to reform the ESA, discussed the Supreme Court case Weyerhaeuser v. USFWS, and several ESA reform bills - including a bill to delist the gray wolf - that passed in the House Committee on Natural Resources.
October 2, 2018
EP 4: NRA TV Host Cam Edwards Joins the Podcast
In Episode 4 of District of Conservation, NRATV host Cam Edwards joins Gabriella on the show to discuss how he got his start in media, the firearms industry, how NRA members should be more invested in nuanced gun issues, why Democrats in NRA should be embraced, and how firearms proponents can work with hunters to stop the division and fight alongside one another in critical policy/cultural battles.
September 25, 2018
EP 3: 3 Conservation Bills Passed in the House Last Week
In Episode 3, Gabriella discusses the problem with the continued halt of the managed grizzly bear hunt in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; a DOI memo which gives more power to state wildlife agencies for managing regulations; and the passage of the modernization of the Pittman-Robertson Act, Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the House Natural Resources Committee.
September 18, 2018
EP 2: Here's How My TIME Magazine Interview Went
In Episode 2, Gabriella recounts her experience interviewing with Time Magazine for their upcoming gun issue due out in late October. She also discussed the ramifications of halting of the upcoming managed grizzly hunt in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and why adding hunting/fishing opportunities on 30 more National Wildlife Refuges is a win for conservation-minded sportsmen. Tune in!
September 11, 2018
EP 1: Introduction to District of Conservation Podcast
In the first episode of District of Conservation, Gabriella outlines her hopes for the podcast and three goals she hopes to achieve with it. The first goal is to inspire other urban residents to get more people outdoors; the second goal is to help tell the stories of local DMV metro conservationists; and the third goal is to offer a nuanced, well-rounded take on public policy issues affecting the conservation space.
September 4, 2018
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