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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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EP 176: Brandon McDow, Co-Founder of Bar MC Media
In Episode 176 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Brandon McDow of Bar MC Media - a media company he co-founded with his girlfriend, Meagan McElya.  Brandon is a fifth-generation Texan and avid outdoorsman. He grew up in Goliad in the heart of South Texas, where his life was built around the ranching and farming lifestyle. After earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering and Technology from Sam Houston State University, he searched for way to apply his knowledge and grow from that foundation.  His company Bar MC Media creates video and photo content, specializing in rodeo events, hunting/fishing industry, wildlife, and ranch/rural real estate. We also offer consulting services for social media marketing and website development. Meagan and Brandon are based in College Station, Texas, but are willing to travel. Learn more about Bar MC Media here and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Connect with Brandon on Instagram and follow Tejas Hunt Club too. 
May 11, 2021
EP 175: POMA Board Election Update, Long Shot Tour Preview, BPI Outdoors CEO Interview
In Episode 175 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three things: an update from POMA's Board of Directors election, a preview of her report from the Texas leg of the Long Shot Tour, and an interview with BPI Outdoors CEO Nate Treadaway.
May 10, 2021
EP 174: Samuel Ayres of The Wild Initiative
In Episode 174 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is joined by Samuel Ayres - host of The Wild Initiative podcast. Sam chats with Gabriella about evolving from "Living Country in the City" to "The Wild Initiative"; growing up in coastal Orange County; how he got hooked on the outdoors; transitioning from the music industry to outdoor industry; balancing public lands vs. Second Amendment rights; his thoughts on current events, and much more.  Learn more about The Wild Initiative here and follow Sam on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
May 5, 2021
EP 173: Kristy Titus, Host of "Pursue the Wild"
In Episode 173 of District of Conservation, Gabriella introduces her listeners to "Pursue the Wild" host Kristy Titus.  In this episode, Kristy chronicles her journey in the outdoor industry, why digital TV programming is the future, legislation that concerns her, social media challenges for outdoor content creators, why the media must focus on good hunters, increased firearms purchases, and how to recruit and retain new hunters and gun owners.  Connect with Kristy here and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
May 4, 2021
EP 172: Thomas MacAulay, POMA Executive Director
In Episode 172 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Thomas MacAulay. Thomas currently serves as Executive Director of the Professional Outdoor Media Association. MacAulay has worked in the outdoor industry for over a decade.  Before joining POMA, Thomas was the Marketing Manager at BPI Outdoors.  BPI Outdoors is the parent company of CVA® muzzleloading and center-fire guns and accessories, POWERBELT® muzzleloading bullets and accessories, QUAKE® hunting & shooting accessories, DURASIGHT™ scope mounts, and BERGARA™ barrels, actions and rifles™. Thomas brings with him a vast set of business skills. He is a successful team builder and knows how to grow brand awareness, has extensive hands-on experience in trade show and event management, and is well versed in multi-faceted marketing strategies. Thomas’s passion has always been for the outdoors, and Thomas believes strongly in the values and mission of POMA and its growth potential. He works closely with the board in building a bright future for POMA. SHOW NOTES Follow POMA online: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Connect with Thomas on Instagram. Register for this year's POMA Business Conference.
May 3, 2021
EP 171: Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia
In Episode 171 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Governor Brian Kemp - the 83rd governor of the Peach State. While Georgia has been in the news recently, Governor Kemp came on to discuss the following subjects: why he's a sportsman, the importance of balanced use of natural resources, how he plans to combat the Biden administration's attacks on legal gun ownership, and much more.  Connect with Kemp's office here and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
April 27, 2021
EP 170: Congresswoman Lisa McClain of Michigan
In Episode 170 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Congresswoman Lisa McClain—a Republican from Michigan. Rep. McClain is serving her first term representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. She joins Gabriella to discuss her National Parks bill, President Biden's climate/energy agenda, and the value of farmers and ranchers.  Connect with the congresswoman online on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
April 26, 2021
EP 169: Firearms Reporter Stephen Gutowski Launches 'The Reload'
In Episode 169 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes back firearms reporter Stephen Gutowski. Earlier this week, Stephen announced he left Washington Free Beacon to launch his new project, The Reload, where he'll offer sober and objective firearms news and analysis.  Follow Stephen on Instagram and Twitter. Give his website a follow on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 
April 23, 2021
EP 168: U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)
In Episode 168 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). Daines recently won a second term to the U.S. Senate and is fifth-generation Montanan. He's a lifelong sportsman and grew up in Bozeman, Montana  In the U.S. Senate, Daines is working on issues of critical importance to growing good-paying Montana jobs, developing our state’s energy resources, managing and protecting our public lands and supporting the needs of Montana’s veterans and tribes. He serves on the Senate Committees on Finance, Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, Energy and Natural Resources, and Indian Affairs. Steve has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 33 years. They are the parents of four children and proud new grandparents of two. Steve and his family are actively involved in their church and community volunteer organizations and enjoy backpacking, hunting, skiing and fishing. Follow Senator Daines on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and his official website. 
April 21, 2021
EP 167: Shoshana Weissmann, Avid Hiker & National Parks Enthusiast
In Episode 167 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Shoshana Weissmann. When not focusing on occupational licensing reform or working for a public policy think thank, Shoshana hikes and traverses National Parks.  Shoshana chats how Acadia National Park inspired her love of the outdoors, the best altitude sickness remedies, her close encounter with a grizzly bear in Montana, why it's wrong to politicize National Parks and bad to restrict public lands access, her involvement with The Conservation Coalition, free market environmentalism, and much more. Learn more about Shoshana here and follow her on Twitter. 
April 19, 2021
EP 166: Cable Smith, Host of Lone Star Outdoor Show
In Episode 166 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is joined by Lone Star Outdoor Show host Cable Smith. Gabriella first appeared on Cable's show a few months ago. Gabriella and Cable discuss what's trending in conservation, hunting, firearms, ATF appointments, National Parks, and more.  Show Notes:  ATF Director Nominee David Chipman - Washington Free Beacon Biden's Interior Using Pandemic Rules to Limit National Park Attendance  - NY Post Rep. McClain's Bill to Prevent National Park Closures Learn more about Cable and Lone Star Outdoors Show online. Subscribe to the podcast & follow Cable on Facebook and Instagram.
April 13, 2021
EP 165: Piney Point, Greater Everglades, and Resting Your Bones in FL (ft. Travis Thompson)
In Episode 165 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes back Cast and Blast Florida podcast co-host and waterfowl/fishing guide, Travis Thompson. They chat "Keepers of the Everglades," what's happening in Piney Point, a recent conservation success, why Florida isn't simply a punchline, and why transplants should rest their bones in the Sunshine State.  Subscribe to Cast&Blast Podcast. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Connect with Travis online: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
April 12, 2021
EP 164: Keepers of the Everglades, Part III - AguaCulture Teaser
In Episode 163 of District of Conservation, Gabriella previews her upcoming Conservation Nation video on Aguaculture featuring Marshall Jones of Mack's Fish Camp, conservationist Mike Elfenbein, and AguaCulture creator Nick Szabo.  Catch up on Part I & Part II. 
April 8, 2021
EP 163: Keepers of the Everglades, Part II - Betty Osceola and Nyla Pipes
In Episode 163 of District of Conservation, Gabriella presents listeners with Part II of this week's "Keepers of the Everglades" series. This episode features Betty Osceola and Nyla Pipes. Betty operates Buffalo Tiger Airboats and is a member of the Miccosukee Tribe, while Nyla runs One Florida Foundation.
April 6, 2021
EP 162: Keepers of the Everglades, Part I - Florida Ranchers
In Episode 162, Gabriella highlights conversations she had with Florida ranchers Brad Phares and Matt Pearce on how they work to sustain the Greater Everglades ecosystem and conservation while running their operations.  Watch Conservation Nation Episode 4: How Cows Keep Florida Green Learn more about Brad Phares' projects: Between the Beaches Podcast & Cowhunters Unlimited Learn more about Matt Pearce's work: Pearce Cattle Company
April 5, 2021
EP 161: Pumpkin Flavored Trout, MeatEater, Adventures in Dog Fostering (ft. Cody McLaughlin)
In Episode 161 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is re-joined by newly-minted Alaskan and sportsman Cody McLaughlin. They chat him adjusting to the Last Frontier, living down the road from a great Arctic char fishery, MeatEater piece vs hunter recruitment, exploring the problems with solar and offshore wind, and he gives listeners an update about his adventure into dog fostering a cute but wily pup named Stormy.
April 1, 2021
EP 160: Gerry Bethge, Deputy Editor at Outdoor Life
In Episode 160 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Gerry Bethge — Outdoor Life Deputy Editor and one of the four co-authors of this rebuttal to the Meat Eater piece called "The Case Against Hunter Recruitment."  Gabriella and Gerry unpack the debate over hunter recruitment efforts, the merits of R3 (recruitment, retention, reactivation) and much more in this episode. Tune in!
March 31, 2021
EP 159: Jake Latendresse - Video Storyteller, Outfitter, and Entrepreneur
In Episode 159 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Jake Latendresse— owner of Latendresse Media Collective, Prairie Rock Outfitters, and the Town Pump Restaurant and Bar in Ft. Collins, CO.  Follow LM Collective: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Website Follow Jake: Facebook, Instagram + Outdoor Camera Man Follow Prairie Rock Outfitters: Facebook, Instagram, Website Follow Town Pump: Facebook
March 29, 2021
EP 158: Robbie Kroger from Blood Origins Returns
In Episode 158 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is rejoined by past guest of the podcast, Robbie Kroger. Robbie is behind the upstart project-turned-nonprofit Blood Origins. Check out their Supporter Program and their new Wyoming Hunters for the Hungry campaign. Follow Blood Origins on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
March 24, 2021
EP 157: I'm Leading a POMA Insights Session April 7th & Previewing Upcoming Guests
In Episode 157 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses how listeners can attend an upcoming POMA Insights Session she's hosting and previews upcoming guests for the week. 
March 23, 2021
EP 156: Previewing Florida Episodes, What Haaland's Confirmation Means for Conservation, Gov. Jared Polis' 'MeatOut Day' Fizzles
In Episode 156 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three things: a preview of her Florida-themed episodes in episodes that'll be called "Keepers of the Everglades"; how to hold newly-minted Interior Secretary Deb Haaland accountable for conservation; and how Colorado Governor Jared Polis' "Meat Out Day" fizzled and got scorched by ranchers. 
March 22, 2021
EP 155: Ian Shive, Nature Photographer & Host of "The Last Unknown" on Discovery +
In Episode 155 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Ian Shive—host of the new Discovery Plus program "The Last Unknown."  SHOW NOTES Watch "The Last Unknown" on Discovery +   Learn More About Ian Follow Ian's Work:  Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
March 18, 2021
EP 154: Off to Florida & Senate Vote Expected on Haaland Nomination Today
In Episode 154 of District of Conservation, Gabriella explains why she’s reading the DC Swamp for another this week and previews today’s expected Senate confirmation vote to confirm Deb Haaland, President Biden’s pick to run Department of Interior.
March 15, 2021
EP 153: $1.09B Generated for Conservation, My POMA BOD Nomination, Break Out with Bad Ash, 'Conservation Nation' Returns
In Episode 153 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses several important topics: the $1.1B generated from excise taxes for conservation funding, her nomination to serve on POMA's Board of Directors, why listened should bookmark Break Out with Bad Ash Outdoors, and the return of her original CFACT series "Conservation Nation." 
March 8, 2021
EP 152: Brad Smith from Walton Rods Shares New Products & Fly Fishing Tips
In Episode 152 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is rejoined by Brad Smith from Walton Rods. They recap their trip to Pennsylvania's Steelhead Alley fishing an Outdoor Access property with guide Randy, new products from Walton Rods & Range Reels, and other subjects. "With Walton Fly Fishing Rods you will find no snappy slogans, no sales gimmicks, and no middlemen. What you will get instead are quality fly fishing rods, built in the USA, backed, with a lifetime warranty, created out of the same fire and passion you feel every time you find your way to the water."   Watch on YouTube and get some rods here. Follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Check out Range Reels online, on Facebook and Instagram.
March 3, 2021
EP 151: Haaland Gets a Hearing, Wilderness Area Designations, War Brewing Between Condor Advocates & Big Wind
In Episode 151 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three important conservation/energy stories: Rep. Deb Haaland's Interior Secretary confirmation hearing last week, H.R. 803 passing in the House of Representatives, and the brewing war between condor advocates and Big Wind.  SHOW NOTES Haaland Hearing Overview + Manchin Pledges to Confirm Haaland HR 803 | Vote Tally | Natural Resources GOP Dissent | Outdoor Life Article | Wilderness Society FAQ Shellenberger Tweets | LA Times Article | Audubon Blog
March 1, 2021
EP 150: Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
In Episode 150 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn is the senior senator from Tennessee and a Republican. She was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2018. Before that, she served in the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2019 and Tennessee State Senate before that. Learn more about her background here. Follow Senator Blackburn on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
February 23, 2021
EP 149: Chasten Whitfield, Founder of Chasenation & Fishing Influencer
In Episode 149 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes Chasten Whitfield. Chasten runs the charity, Chastenation, and is an up-and-coming tournament angler. Chastenation was founded in 2015. Chasten is a 21-year-old angler who proves “it’s more than just fishing.” Her mission is to help kids of all ages, especially girls, become comfortable anglers while teaching positive life skills, thoughtfulness, doing what's right for the right reasons, and choosing to stay active outdoors. It’s not about what you look like or outside appearance, what matters is what’s inside. She is actively working with some local tournaments to include kid divisions as well as girls/ladies divisions, all in hopes this will encourage more kids to fish as well as families to fish as “a family.” Chasten promotes conservation and helping to teach kids and adults fishing seminars. Join us to fish, learn, teach and give back; a reel girl can tackle anything.  Follow Chasten on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Learn how to support Chastenation here. 
February 22, 2021
EP 148: Important Headlines and Your Reviews
In Episode 148 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses four important news stories you may have glossed over and reads some of your Apple Reviews.  SHOW NOTES Texas power outage caused by Arctic storm (Reuters) HB 2655 - Repeal of Virginia Clean Economy Act | VCEA Bill + Fact Sheet | EIA: Virginia State Profile (Updated recently, so I'll correct in next episode) | Times-Dispatch Report on VCEA President Biden's Statement on Parkland anniversary + gun control campaign pledge Court-ordered Wisconsin wolf hunt approved (4K licenses for sale, 200 wolf quota) ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
February 16, 2021
EP 147: Congressman Byron Donalds Chats Florida Water Quality Issues, Environmental Stewardship
In Episode 147 of District of Conservation, Gabriella debuts a teaser of her interview with freshman Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida's 19th Congressional District. In this exclusive clip, the congressman chats FL-19, water quality issues, and environmental stewardship.  Catch Gabriella's full-length interview with Congressman Donalds on YouTube Friday at 10am ET and at Townhall Friday midnight.  Learn more about Congressman Donalds here and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
February 9, 2021
EP 146: Erik Milito, President of National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)
In Episode 146 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Erik Milito. He serves as president of National Ocean Industries Association. He previously worked for American Petroleum Institute. NOIA "represents and advances a dynamic and growing offshore energy industry, providing solutions that support communities and protect our workers, the public and our environment." Their chief objectives include:  To promote the common interests of the members of the offshore energy industry. To educate the public and policy makers with scientifically grounded information about the industry and its impact on our everyday lives. To serve as a resource for the government and other stakeholders. To influence public policy in support of the offshore energy industry. To promote the role of a competitive, fair and free market in the development of offshore energy resources. To facilitate a meaningful energy dialogue from diverse perspectives. And much more. Learn more about them here. Follow NOIA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
February 8, 2021
EP 145: Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-NM)
In Episode 145 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews a freshman member of Congress: Rep. Yvette Herrell of New Mexico.  Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-NM) represents New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Last fall, she beat an incumbent Democrat to flip the district back to the Republican column.   Born and raised in New Mexico, Yvette Herrell served for 4 terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives. As a state representative, Yvette put people before politics, championing our small businesses and representing our rural values in Santa Fe.    Herrell is the first Republican Native American representative and first Cherokee woman to serve in Congress. She serves on the House Natural Resources and Oversight Committees.  Watch on YouTube. Learn more about Rep. Herrell's biography and track her legislative work. Follow Congresswoman Herrell on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.   ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
February 5, 2021
EP 144: Lead Ammo Ban (H.R. 405) Will Undermine Shooting Sports, Hunting
In Episode 144 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the implications of Rep. Ted Lieu's (D-CA) House Resolution 405 which would "require the Secretary of the Interior to prohibit the use of lead ammunition on United States Fish and Wildlife Service lands, and for other purposes." Lieu is no friend to hunters. Prior to entering Congress in 2015, he received the full backing of the Humane Society. Lieu is also opposed to big game hunting and hunting with dogs. Gabriella cautions listeners about his intention and the unintended consequences of lead bans on the economy/conservation funding, hunting access, and Second Amendment rights.  SHOW NOTES H.R. 405 - 117th Congress & The LEAD Act (copycat bill) w/ Dan Ashe support Obama FWS Bans Lead Tackle & Bullets on FWS Federal Public Lands (December 2016) CA Lead Ammo Ban CSF Explainer on Lead Bans on Sportsmen/Women Lead vs. Non-Toxic Bullets ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
February 4, 2021
EP 143: Victory—SB 252 Withdrawn, 30x30, Cautious Optimism with CSF's Aoibheann Cline
In Episode 143 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes back Aoibheann Cline from Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF). Aoibheann is their Western States Coordinator. They discussed the breaking news of CA SB 252 being withdrawn by Senator Wiener, 303x30 executive order, and how sportsmen and women should be cautiously optimistic.  SHOW NOTES SB 252 Withdrawn - Sac Bee Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation HuntFish3030 ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
February 3, 2021
EP 142: Bruce and Brian from Sportsmen's Alliance Return
In Episode 142 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes Bruce and Brian from Sportsmen's Alliance back to the podcast. They discuss CA Senate Bill 252, mention about 2,000 bills have been filed this session, express whether or not sportsmen and women will be represented well under the Biden administration, and more. 
February 2, 2021
EP 141: Lee DeLange, COO of GenPro Energy Solutions
In Episode 141 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Lee DeLange, COO of the South Dakota-based GenPro Energy Solutions. GenPro first began as a "solar water pumping distribution company." Today, the company oversees a plethora of projects across the renewable energy space.  Lee and Gabriella revisited the Buffalo Roundup, his job at GenPro Energy Solutions, why his company isn't at odds with traditional energy, if John Kerry's statement about energy workers having an easy transition to solar technicians is accurate, how the free market - not government - should innovate, hunting opportunities in the Black Hills of South Dakota and much more. ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast. SHOW NOTES YouTube Version John Kerry's Tone Deaf Energy Comments GenPro Energy Solutions Lee's Biography
February 1, 2021
EP 140: Understanding National Monument Designations & Utah Tribe Blasts Biden's Ban on Oil & Gas Leases
In Episode 140 of District of Conservation, Gabriella breaks down President Biden's executive order restoring Bears Ears and Grand-Escalante Staircase to pre-2017 levels and discusses one Utah tribe fighting back against Biden's Interior Department for shutting down oil and gas leases on tribal lands in response to Secretarial Order 3395 banning new federal oil & gas leases for 60 days.  SHOW NOTES President Biden's Executive Order, Section 3 - January 20th, 2021 Antiquities Act of 1906 Brookings Institution - Trump had power to shrink national monuments AEI: President authority to shrink, enlarge national monuments RMEF on National Monuments The Hill Oped on National Monuments AZ Fish & Game on National Monuments Ute Tribe Condemns Secretarial Order 3395 Banning New Oil & Gas Leases
January 26, 2021
EP 139: U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
In Episode 139 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) about his reaction to President Joe Biden's executive orders relating to oil and gas leases and national monuments. Plus, his views on public lands; what questions he'll ask of Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland; if Senator Joe Manchin will vote with Republicans on energy and natural resources issues, and more.  Watch on YouTube. Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast. Show Notes Biden's Executive Order - January 21st (Bears Ears/National Monuments) Utah Delegation Statement on Biden's EOs Senate Bill 31 2018 Speech vs Response and Here Senator Lee's Website
January 25, 2021
EP 138: An Exit Interview with David Bernhardt, 53rd Interior Secretary
In Episode 138 of District of Conservation, Gabriella has an exclusive interview with former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in his final interview.  Secretary Bernhardt served in his post from April 2019 until this past Wednesday. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Interior Secretary  under the Trump administration. Gabriella previously interviewed him in summer 2019.  Don't miss their wide-ranging conversation today! Watch on YouTube. Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
January 22, 2021
EP 137: Are Gun Rights Up for Grabs Under the Biden Administration?
In Episode 137 of District of Conservation, Gabriella visits with three of the firearms industry's pre-eminent voices across media, grassroots, and manufacturing: Washington Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski, NSSF's Mark Oliva, and Bearing Arms EIC Cam Edwards. All three gentlemen are past guests of the podcast and Gabriella's to-go for the latest in public policy, industry happenings, and news.  Watch on YouTube. NSSF | Follow Mark on Twitter Bearing Arms | Follow Cam on Twitter Free Beacon | Follow Stephen on Twitter ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
January 19, 2021
EP 136: President Trump's Legacy, Manchin to Lead Senate Energy & Natural Resources, Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline
In Episode 136 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses these three things: President Trump's legacy on conservation and energy issues; on whether Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will vote with Republicans on energy/conservation issues; and the news about President-elect Biden canceling the Keystone XL pipeline once he assumes office. Working document on President Trump's agency successes & bills signed into law E&E Interview with Senator Manchin Townhall Column on Manchin (use code HOFFMAN to access) POLITICO story on Keystone XL pipeline
January 18, 2021
EP 135: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly—New Bills to Track in 117th Congress
In Episode 135 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses some new bills just introduced in Congress relating to wildlife conservation, public lands, and gun rights.  Bills Discussed in This Episode:  H.R. 286 - Gray Wolf Removal from ESA & DOI Delisting Order on Lower 48 Wolf H.R.247 Public Lands H.R.218 To prohibit future moratoriums on new federal oil & gas permits on federal lands) H.R.59 Fishery management H.R. 47 Increase public access on federal lands H.R. 167 So-called gun show loophole H.R. 127 Licensing for firearms and ammo - very bad H.R. 95 Hearing Protection Act (aka deregulate suppressors) H.R. 125 Seven-Day Waiting Period for Guns and Ammo (bad) H.R. 38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity  ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
January 13, 2021
EP 134: Biden Administration Now Has a Mandate and Virginia Sunday Hunting Bill
In Episode 134 of District of Conservation, Gabriella talks about the mandate the incoming Biden Administration has on conservation and environmental issues and why Virginia's Sunday Hunting bill must pass.  SHOW NOTES Townhall Article Sunday Hunting Factoid Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
January 12, 2021
EP 133: A Firearms Industry Update with Roy Hill from Brownells
In Episode 133 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Brownells Public Relations Specialist Roy Hill for a wide-ranging interview.  Serious About Firearms Since 1939™, Brownells is the world’s leading source for gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools, survival gear and archery products. The family-owned company proudly serves gunsmiths, gun owners, law enforcement and military organizations.   As a company forever connected to the outdoors and forever committed to its industry, Brownells fosters proud culture of honesty, integrity and respect for its customers and employees alike.  Watch on YouTube. Follow Brownells on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.  Connect with Roy on Instagram. ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast.
January 5, 2021
EP 132: Republicans Hunt Too & BLM Guidance Affirms Recreational Shooting on Public Lands
In Episode 132 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three key points to kick off 2021. First, goals for the podcast and what content listeners can expect. Two, why Republicans like Senator Ted Cruz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem shouldn't be shamed for hunting — which is considered responsible recreation. Three, Bureau of Land Management issues guidance affirming recreational shooting on public lands on December 31st. SHOW NOTES VIDEO: Stop Shaming Republicans Who Go Hunting BLM Guidance on Recreational Shooting on Public Lands
January 4, 2021
EP 131: Female Guests Dominated District of Conservation This Year & Previewing 2021
In Episode 131 of District of Conservation, Gabriella reveals the five most listened-to episodes of 2020 and previews what listeners can expect on the show in 2021.  Top Five Episodes of 2020 1) Katie Pavlich, Editor & Fox News Contributor 2) South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem 3) Biden vs. Trump: Who's Better for Conservation?  4) Samantha Pedder, Council to Advance Hunting and Shoot Sports 5) Jenny Anderson, Girl of 10k Lakes Blogger
December 29, 2020
EP 130: ATF Withdraws Guidance on AR Pistol Braces, DESCEND Act Awaits Trump's Signature, Your Reviews
In Episode 130 of District of Conservation, Gabriella gives the skinny on the latest news transpiring from in and around Washington. She discussed ATF withdrawing guidance on a proposal to ban 3-4 million AR-15 pistol braces, which would have been the largest gun confiscation effort in US history had it proceeded; the status of the DESCEND Act and how it'll bolster red snapper numbers in the Gulf; and your reviews.  SHOW NOTES ATF Withdrawal Letter Pistol Brace Backgrounder + Stephen's Tweet Gun Industry Response to ATF News Sen Cassidy's Press Release on DESCEND Act Passage & CSP News Alert
December 28, 2020
EP 129: The North Face Gets a Lump of Coal for Christmas, Trump Signs Bipartisan Veterans Outdoor Bill Into Law
In Episode 129 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses The North Face's hypocrisy regarding their divestment from oil and gas and the bipartisan The Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act being signed into law by President Trump on December 5th.  SHOW NOTES CBS 7 article on The North Face dissing Innovex Innovex's viral letter slamming The North Face Rep. Dan Crenshaw's tweet blasting North Face Great Falls Tribune story on "The Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act" & Congressional Text Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) tweet on the bill
December 22, 2020
EP 128: Biden Announces Interior Secretary and EPA Administrator Nominees
In Episode 128 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses President-elect Joe Biden's picks for Interior Secretary and the Environmental Protection Agency and how, if confirmed, both nominees will usher in a climate-centered, preservationist philosophy at their respective departments.  SHOW NOTES:  CFACT piece on Haaland Scientific American article on Regan
December 21, 2020
EP 127: Is Hunting Going Extinct in the U.S.? Far From It
In Episode 127 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three positive developments on the hunting front that may have slipped under your radar. Good news: COVID-19 has given new life to hunting. And it isn't going extinct anytime soon. Here's why:  First, Missouri's Department of Conservation approved a highly-regulated black bear beginning October 2021—despite misinformation from the Humane Society. Second, WSJ and Pew Trusts positively covered the surge of hunting in USA in wake of COVID. And third, why you should subscribe to Blood Origins' new podcast.  ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast.
December 15, 2020
EP 126: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler
In Episode 126 of District of Conservation, Gabriella sits down with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler - the agency's 15th administrator. Join in and listen to this wide-ranging interview regarding climate and environmental issues.  His bio:  On February 28, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the fifteenth Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  President Donald J. Trump had announced his appointment as the Acting EPA Administrator on July 5, 2018. Mr. Wheeler had previously been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the EPA Deputy Administrator on April 12, 2018. Mr. Wheeler has dedicated his career to advancing sound environmental policies. He began his career during the George H. W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant in EPA's Pollution Prevention and Toxics office. He was a Principal and the team leader of the Energy and Environment Practice Group at FaegreBD Consulting, as well as Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels law firm, where he practiced since 2009. He also served as the Co-chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry team across the entire firm. Prior to his work with the firm, Mr. Wheeler served for six years as the Majority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, as well as the Minority Staff Director, of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Before his time at the full Senate EPW Committee, Mr. Wheeler served in a similar capacity for six years for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety. Mr. Wheeler is the past Chairman of the National Energy Resource Organization (NERO) and a Stennis Fellow. Mr. Wheeler is also an Eagle Scout. Mr. Wheeler is from Fairfield, Ohio.  He completed his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis, his MBA at George Mason University, and his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University in English and Biology. SHOW NOTES Administrator Wheeler's Bio | Twitter Account |  Benefit-Cost Analyses on Future Clean Air Act Rule Making EPA at 50 POLITICO Article on Superfund Clean-up & Recent Update WOTUS Update Pull-Out from Paris Accords NEPA Modernization Gold King Mine Spill COVID-19 Info ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast.
December 14, 2020
EP 125: Congresswoman-elect Kat Cammack (R-FL)
In Episode 125 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Kat Cammack - who'll succeed her boss, Ted Yoho, as the congresswoman from Florida's 3rd Congressional District. Cammack grew up on a cattle ranch and is passionate about fishing, agriculture, and water issues in her state. Kat will be the youngest Republican serving in Congress in the 117th Congress. She also hopes her new Republican colleagues will join her in advocating for true conservation principles and sound environmental policies.  SHOW NOTES Kat's Bio Obama HAMP Program Kat mentioned  Follow Kat on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast.
December 8, 2020
EP 124: Westerman to Lead Nat Resources GOP, Corporations Want US to Rejoin Paris Accords, BLM Monolith Update
In Episode 124 of District of Conservation, Gabriella highlights three interesting stories from the conservation and energy space. The three stories include: Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) is incoming Ranking Member for House Natural Resources Committee for the 117th Congress; 42 corporations urge incoming Biden admin and Congress to re-enter unenforceable, ineffective Paris Climate Accords; and an interesting turnaround for the BLM Utah monolith.  SHOW NOTES Westerman announcement | Westerman on District of Conservation Letter to rejoin Paris Accords | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article | 2017 pullout from Paris Agreement Deseret article on BLM Monolith origins Your Mountain Website + Podcast
December 7, 2020
EP 123: Don't Compare National Parks to Disneyland & BLM Utah Monolith's Disappearing Act
In Episode 123 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses two subjects: why National Park Services fees shouldn't go up to Disneyland levels/price out visitors and an update on the strange Utah monolith that appeared, then disappeared on Bureau of Land Management lands.  SHOW NOTES Kevin Williamson's Article Arguing to Raise NPS Fees NPS Entrance Fees Proposed Park Hikes 2018 NPS Fee Hike Reconsidered BLM Statement on Illegally Installed Monolith Facebook Post on Monolith Southwest Airlines mocks monolith - very funny
December 1, 2020
EP 122: Black Rifle Coffee & Biden's Potential Interior Secretary Picks
In Episode 122 of District of Conservation, Gabriella revisits the failed cancellation attempts of Black Rifle Coffee Company, a pro-Second Amendment, pro-conservation brand, and examines four likely contenders to be Biden's Interior Secretary pick. SHOW NOTES Black Rifle Coffee Company Letter in Response to Kenosha Evan Hafer on Dana Show Top Biden Interior Picks Outgoing Montana Governor Steve Bullock (hasn't spoken to Biden team yet) Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) (Udall, not Heinrich, retired) Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) (Green New Deal endorsement, anti-fossil fuel views, Grijalva backing)
November 30, 2020
EP 121: Wild Stories With NJOA's Cody McLaughlin
In Episode 121 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes back friend of the podcast and NJOA's Cody McLaughlin! They discuss their hunting successes thus far, the future of conservation under a new presidential administration, how spending time outdoors is the ultimate social distancing, urban fisheries, Cody's new house in Alaska, the case for eating catfish, and four wildlife stories that slipped under your radar. SHOW NOTES:  Cody's Bio | NJOA Facebook and Twitter Rockefeller the Owl NY deer vasectomy program a bust Jimmy's Seafood "PETA Tears" Brew PETA wants Late Night TV to abandon animal segments post-COVID ### Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast.
November 23, 2020
EP 120: Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
In Episode 120 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to the podcast. Lummis will begin her term in January 2021. She previously served in the House of Representatives from 2009 to 2017. Cynthia is a dedicated champion of Wyoming’s mineral and energy resources. In Washington, she fought off attacks from the environmental left while advocating for market opportunities both at home and abroad. She is the proud godmother of the ANSAC Wyoming, a commercial shipping vessel transporting trona from the U.S. to Southeast Asia and is the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Washington Coal Club. Cynthia worked to keep public lands open to the public and available for multiple use. She successfully passed the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act in 2016, a bipartisan effort led by Cynthia to maintain over 157,000 miles of trails within our national forests. Prior to serving in Congress, she spent eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer and 14 years as a member of the Wyoming State House and Senate. Cynthia also worked as general counsel to Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments, as well as a law clerk at the Wyoming Supreme Court. Today, Cynthia operates her family’s cattle ranches, and the Sweetgrass development in Laramie County, with her brother and sister. She is a three-time graduate of the University of Wyoming in animal science, biology and law. Cynthia and her late-husband, Al Wiederspahn, have one daughter, Annaliese, son-in-law Will Cole and grandson Doran Augustus Cole, affectionately known as Gus. SHOW NOTES Senator-elect Lummis' Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast.
November 18, 2020
EP 119: Mike Schmid, WGFD Commissioner & Owner of Solitude Ranch and Outfitters LLC
In Episode 119 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Mike Schmid—owner and operator of Solitude Ranch & Outfitters, LLC. Mike also serves as one of seven Wyoming Game and Fish Department Commissioners, in District 3.  Here's Mike's bio: He's also the president and CEO of SOS Well Services, LLC.  Mike has 40 years of experience in oilfield services, including managing roustabout crews; constructing well field roads and drill pads, managing trucks, equipment, and hundreds of employees; and administering complex Oil & Gas projects. His early career began by working for various oilfield-related companies. Mike founded Schmid Oilfield Services, Inc. in 1984.  This successful company was sold to First Energy Services in June 2000. Mike remained with the company, serving as the President and COO. During his time with First Energy Services, Mike was an integral part of the team that acquired 5 more oilfield related companies with operations throughout the Rocky Mountain region and Alaska where he managed over 400 employees and hundreds of pieces of equipment and vehicles. Eventually the company was sold to Basic Energy Services in October 2003.  While working for First Energy Services, Mike founded SOS Well Services as a workover rig company. In 2006, Mike started to expand SOS Well Services to create the multi-million-dollar operation that exists today. During the time building his first oilfield company Mike also founded Schmid Development Co. as a company that buys, sells and leases commercial properties. This company still operates today and holds properties in Wyoming, Nebraska and Michigan. In late 2000 after the sale of his company to First Energy Services and while working for them as their President & COO he purchased the Watts Ranch near Devils Tower, WY. Mike continued to purchase, and lease land there and eventually founded Solitude Ranch & Outfitters, LLC. The ranch today consists of 8500 acres of prime Black Hills land. The ranch has a reputation for quality Whitetail deer, Mule deer and Turkey hunting as well as raising Angus cattle. Today, Mike oversees the operations of all three of his companies as well as serving as a Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioner, appointed By Governor Mead in 2017 to serve a 6-year term. He also serves as a Board of Directors member for the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation. Mike was also one of the organizing members of the now successful 10-year-old “Old West Turkey Shoot” (OWITS) that is held in Hulett, WY every May. The event was organized to promote turkey hunting in Wyoming and to raise funds for the Greater Hulett Community Center (GHCC) which serves the rural ranching families and community of Hulett, WY. The event raises well over 100,000.00/year for this cause. *SHOW NOTES* Book at trip with Solitude Ranch & Outfitters LLC. Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast.
November 16, 2020
EP 118: Gabriella's First Deer, Wyoming's Black Hills, & Previewing Upcoming Guests
In Episode 118 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her Wyoming whitetail doe hunt from over the weekend and its life-changing nature. She discusses her thoughts on crossing the big game threshold, why it was nice to get away from DC, who she interfaced with, hunting/spending time with veterans, and much more. She also teased Monday's guest, previewed some guests and topics, and what sportsmen and women need to brace for in a new administration.  Paying respects to a harvest Gabriella's first deer Sighting-in 40 states allow suppressed hunting Book a guided trip with Solitude Ranch
November 12, 2020
EP 117: From Game Warden to Podcaster (ft. Lt. Wayne Saunders)
In Episode 117 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with retired NH Fish & Game game warden, Lt. Wayne Saunders. He is a retired Lieutenant Conservation Officer from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  An honored and celebrated wildlife Law Enforcement Officer overseeing patrols in the northern reaches of New Hampshire from Mount Washington to the Canadian border, he still considers natural resource protection a passion and calling.  He became a "cowboy of the woods" in 1995 and served until May of 2018, spanning 23 years in service. He appeared on the popular Animal Planet TV program, NORTH WOODS LAW, and hosts Warden's Watch and co-hosts the Thin Green Line podcast with John Nores.    Learn more about Wayne here.  Warden's Watch Website + Podcast Subscribe to the Thin Green Line.  North Woods Law Follow Warden's Watch on social media:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
November 3, 2020
EP 116: How Drug Cartels Destroy Our Public Lands (ft. John Nores)
In Episode 116 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews John Nores—retired California Fish and Wildlife game warden who helped pilot the Marijuana Enforcement Team, three-time author, TV host, conservationist, and avid hunter.  John came on to discuss how drug cartels are destroying America's public lands with their illegal activities, the gray wolf delisting news, the importance of hunters and anglers in conservation, cohosting the Thin Green Line/Warden's Watch podcasts, and much more.  *SHOW NOTES* Leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review on Apple Podcasts Connect with John John's Website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Buy HIDDEN WAR Thin Green Line Show | Recoil TV Subscribe to the Thin Green Line podcast
November 2, 2020
EP 115: 2020 State Ballot Initiatives & EPA Urges DOJ to Investigate "Green" Groups
In Episode 115 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses several ballot initiatives—three in particular—being mulled by voters this November AND a letter from Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX)'s urging EPA to be aware of potential Chinese and Russian meddling through "green groups" propped up by the Sea Change Foundation. The three ballot initiatives include: Utah's Amendment E: The right to hunt and right amendment + history behind these amendments Nevada Question 6: "Question 6 (2020) would add language to the Nevada Constitution requiring the state's (RPS)) to increase to 50 percent by 2030. An RPS is a mandate that electric utilities acquire a minimum amount of electricity from renewable energy sources. The constitutional amendment would increase the RPS to 50 percent by 2030. The amendment would also define renewable energy to include sources such as solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric." Michigan Proposal 1: "A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities; and to describe how money in those state funds can be spent." Use of State and Local Park Funds Amendment, which has support from sportsmen's groups like the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation FARA + Sea Change Foundation Rep. Lance Gooden's Letter + EPA Wheeler's response Washington Times article on the development Newsweek, 2017: Putin, Russia trying to discredit fracking in USA Sea Change Foundation support for Sierra Club, NRDC + Environmental groups backed by Russian, anti-fracking groups THROWBACK:  Biden vs. Trump on conservation and environmental issues Colorado Proposition 114: Forced wolf reintroduction ### Submit/leave your review of the podcast!
October 27, 2020
EP 114: Congressman Roger Marshall, Avid Hunter and U.S. Senate Candidate (Kansas)
In Episode 114 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with Dr. Roger Marshall—two-term congressman representing Kansas' 1st Congressional District and current Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Kansas. He's also an avid shooting sports enthusiast and hunter.  Here's Dr. Marshall's bio:  Dr. Roger Marshall is a common-sense political outsider. As an OB/GYN, Doc delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 25 years practicing in Great Bend. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Great Bend Regional Hospital for 14 years. For the last few years, he has represented the Big 1st District in Congress. A Kansas native, Dr. Marshall earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Kansas State University, before graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He received his Medical Doctorate in 1987. During the final year of his residency in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Marshall was named Teacher of the Year by all other residents and faculty and earned the Resident Research Award. In addition, Dr. Marshall scored in the top one percent in the nation on the final exam given to all OB-GYN residents. After completing his residency, Dr. Marshall moved back home to Kansas, and started his practice in Great Bend in 1991. When elected to Congress for the first time in 2016, Dr. Marshall made 3 specific promises: Get Kansas a seat back on the Agriculture Committee, help write a Farm Bill that protects crop insurance, and jumpstart the economy by rolling back regulation and passing a tax cuts bill. ### Follow Dr. Marshall on social media:    Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter  Learn more about his campaign 
October 26, 2020
EP 113: Jana Waller, Conservationist and Skull Bound Chronicles Host
In Episode 113 of District of Conservation, Gabriella talks to Jana Waller—Skull Bound Chronicles host and outdoor communicator.  Jana joined the podcast to discuss: how she got involved in the outdoor industry; her new CarbonTV series Skull Bound Chronicles; why she loves hunting with veterans; her work with Mule Deer Foundation, The National Wild Turkey Federation and why groups like Sportsmen's Alliance, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International - SCI matter; why she's on board Sportsmen for Donald J. Trump, the importance of hunting storytelling with projects like Blood Origins and MUCH MORE. Here's her biography:  Jana Waller resides in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana where she revels in her passion for hunting and fishing. A bowhunter for nearly three decades, Jana has traveled the globe hunting Africa, Alaska, Canada and all over North America. She is a freelance outdoor writer for numerous websites and magazines and has been featured in Bowhunter Magazine, Sports Afield, Bowhunting World, Turkey Country, Predator Xtreme, Mule Deer Foundation Magazine, Petersenʼs Bowhunting, Montana Magazine, Hunting Illustrated, Earned, Lady Hunter, Buckmasters, Bowfisher Magazine, Texas Bowhunterʼs Journal, as well as on Jana is a lifetime member of Safari Club International, The Mule Deer Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation and an annual member of The NRA, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and The Sportsman Alliance. She was awarded the prestigious 2015 “Communicator Of The Year” award by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Jana was also awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater for her work in promoting the outdoors and conservation. In 2019 she was appointed as a member to the Federal Hunting And Shooting Sports Conservation Council. Along with being an ardent conservationist, Jana is dedicated to supporting veteran organizations. She is committed to getting veterans back into the woods and the mountains, featuring many veteranʼs stories of courage and strength on her shows Skull Bound TV and Skull Bound Chronicles. Many of Janaʼs painted or beaded skulls are donated every year to raise money for conservation and veteran related organizations. To date, she has personally raised over $71,000 for conservation and veteran causes. ### WATCH the interview on YouTube. Bookmark Skull Bound Chronicles. Check out Sportsmen for Trump. Follow Jana on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
October 19, 2020
EP 112: Colorado Proposition 114 (ft. Mia Anstine)
In Episode 112 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with Mia Anstine—a jill of all trades based in Colorado. Her titles include: hunting guide, writer, podcast host, outdoor tv guest host, commentator, keynote speaker, and firearms, archery, hunter-ed instructor, and POMA Board Member.   One thing on Mia's mind is Proposition 114, if passed at the ballot box, would lead to forced reintroduction of gray wolves into Colorado. Hunters like Mia and other stakeholders are concerned this would upend wildlife management efforts in the state.  Mia's Bio: She grew up in a small house on a dirt road along the San Juan River. Her father hunted to put food on the table. Mia’s mom grew a garden, sewed, and taught her daughter how to fish. Her great-grandfather used to visit the area for annual hunting trips and passed on his skills to Mia’s father, who passed them on to her. From her rural home base, Mia’s traveled to pursue wild animals around the world. She guides hunters chasing elk, mule deer, black bears, and Merriam’s turkeys in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. Growing up, Mia learned about all things wonderful through a simple, pioneer way of life. Most people these days will never have the opportunity to experience, or even understand, the ways of living independent of technology. It’s that basic style of living in the Colorado mountains that inspired her to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, cook, eat, survive, create, and live life in a positive way. Mia’s work has been featured on television, radio, and in newspapers and magazines. She is a hunting guide and instructor in archery, firearms, and other outdoor-related skills. She’s an engaging speaker, commentator, and instructor. Mia has been featured in numerous interviews, and her passion for influencing others projected Mia to becoming the first American woman to be featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine (the August 2016 issue). Mia, along with 10 other ladies profiled inside, are “feet-on-the-ground,” everyday women who are making a difference in the outdoor and hunting industries. She’s also been featured in KJ Houtman’s “Why Women Hunt” and Chris Crisman’s “Women’s Work.” With her inspiration and passion to share, Mia has created her business, MAC Outdoors, where you’ll find her articles, videos, podcasts, apparel, accessories, homemade creations, recipes, and more. If you would like to learn more, visit Follow Mia on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Show Notes Denver Post Editorial Mentioned Safari Club International Primer - No on Prop 114 Trump admin intends to fully delist recovered gray wolf Joe Rogan & Cam Hanes touched upon this recently
October 13, 2020
EP 111: Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR)
In Episode 111 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) of Arkansas' 4th Congressional District. They chatted about the history of forest management in the US, how to manage wildfires, the congressman's legislative priorities, his love of duck hunting, why free market environmentalism is the future, and more.  Here's Westerman's Bio: U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman is a Hot Springs native currently serving his third term as representative from the Fourth District of Arkansas, having first been elected in 2014. Westerman serves on the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he is Ranking Member of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. Westerman also serves on the Minority Whip Team under the leadership of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. Prior to serving in Congress, Westerman was elected to two terms in the Arkansas General Assembly, where he was the state’s first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction following the 2013 GOP takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives. An engineer and forester by trade, Westerman worked for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs. He was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers in 2013. A 1990 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback football team. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. Westerman is also a graduate of Yale University, earning a Master of Forestry degree in 2001. Westerman lives in Hot Springs with his wife, Sharon, and their four children. He enjoys hunting and fishing. Follow the Congressman on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Visit his Congressional website or check out his re-election website.
October 12, 2020
EP 110: ACE Act & ACB Gun + Environment Rulings Spell Good News for SCOTUS
In Episode 110 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discussed two trending subjects: the American Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE Act) and how a Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett would rule on gun rights and environmental issues. Hint: good news for gun owners and true conservationists! ACE ACT The ACE Act Text + SCI Primer + Rep. Wittman Statement ACB RULINGS 2A Revolution- Free Beacon Piece by Stephen Gutowski POLITICO + E&E News
October 7, 2020
EP 109: America's Most Anti-Hunting Governor Strikes Again (ft. NJOA's Cody McLaughlin)
In Episode 109, Gabriella welcomed back Cody McLaughlin of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance onto the podcast and asked him to brief listeners on what's happening with the New Jersey black bear hunt—back in the news. And Cody touched upon more topics too. Black bears are at healthy numbers in the Garden State and must be managed, or else it'll lead to more bear-human conflicts and other problems. Governor Murphy's approach is anti-science, anti-conservation, anti-wildlife management.  Governor Murphy's tweet about killing the bear hunt by year's end & news story Humane Society endorsing Murphy NJ Sierra Club praising the move
October 6, 2020
EP 108: Samantha Pedder, Director of Operations at Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports
In Episode 108 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Samantha Pedder—Director of Operations at the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports.  She previously served as the Manager of Outreach and Diversity for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Hunting Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Samantha has spent her career focusing on improving contemporary R3 practices through each of these organizations. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, a Master of Natural Resources from Utah State University and just recently finished a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Samantha is an avid hunter and angler, and a novice trapper. More and more of her time afield is being dedicated to pursuing waterfowl, however, she still annually reserves a week to spend time with family and friends pursuing white-tailed deer during Pennsylvania's rifle season. About the Council: The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports was formed by the leaders in the Conservation community to take a fresh look at the business of recruiting and retaining hunters and shooters and to develop new and sustainable strategies and tactics to solicit, engage and support these groups so vital to Conservation and America’s heritage. Sam's bio CAHSS Website R3 Follow CAHSS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
September 29, 2020
EP 107: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
In Episode 107 of District of Conservation, Gabriella traveled to the Black Hills of South Dakota to exclusively chat with Governor Kristi Noem about the annual Buffalo Roundup, her love of hunting, why conservatives should be conservationists, and more.  Here's the Gov's bio:  Governor Kristi Noem is a wife, a mother, and a lifelong rancher, farmer and small business owner. In 2010, after serving in the South Dakota legislature for several years, Noem was elected to serve as South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, in addition to many other successes, Governor Noem helped pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which put $2,400 back in the pockets of the average South Dakota family. In 2018, with the platform of protecting South Dakotans against tax increases, government growth, federal intrusion, and government secrecy, she was elected as South Dakota's first-ever female Governor. As Governor, Noem has respected the rights of her people by trusting them to exercise their personal responsibility to make the best decisions for themselves, their loved-ones, and – in turn – their communities. This approach has been most evident in her response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Governor Noem never ordered a single business or church to close and never issued a statewide shelter-in-place order. Despite all of this, Governor Noem often says that her greatest accomplishment is raising her three children, Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker, with her husband Bryon. All have a deep love for their family and an even deeper love for the Lord. ### Buffalo Roundup Viral Hunting-Covid Video Follow the Governor on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
September 28, 2020
EP 106: Bill Cooksey, Sportsmen Outreach Director at Vanishing Paradise
In Episode 106 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Bill Cooksey. Bill is a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator at Vanishing Paradise, a project of National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited started in 2009 to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta. From meeting with legislators at the state Capitol to connecting outdoor industry leaders to the conservation movement, they are educating on the issue of coastal restoration in duck blinds, out on the water and in D.C. — and everywhere in between. Bill and Gabriella were connected by a mutual friend and past guest of the podcast, Travis Thompson. Bill came on to discuss his background—from migrating from the private sector/outdoor industry to the outdoor nonprofit realm, the importance of lobbying (advocacy) lawmakers, the big role sportsmen and women play in environmentalism, and much more.  Subscribe to the podcast.  Learn more about Vanishing Paradise. Connect with Bill on Facebook and Instagram.
September 22, 2020
EP 105: Michael Shellenberger, Founder & President of Environmental Progress
In Episode 105 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Michael Shellenberger—bestselling author and founder & president of Environmental Progress.   Shellenberger came on to discuss his book, Apocalypse Never, his work with Environmental Progress, why he changed his mind on renewable energy, why he advocates for nuclear energy, the truth about wildfires out West and what the future of environmentalism looks like.   Subscribe to the podcast.  Environmental Progress Website.  Follow Mike on Twitter.    Buy Apocalypse Now Get tickets for Climate Hustle 2.
September 21, 2020
EP 104: Four Federal Environmental & Conservation Updates to Be Aware Of
In Episode 104 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discussed four key policy updates across the environmental and conservation space. ENVIRONMENT: Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) being praised by environmentalists for Superfund Clean-up and the establishment of the new Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains to address abandoned mines and clean-up.  CONSERVATION: The news that USFWS will fully delist the biologically recovered gray wolf in the Lower-48 by year's end and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works deliberated S. 614 (Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2019).  ### Subscribe to District of Conservation.  Chip in to support the podcast and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
September 15, 2020
EP 103: Biden vs. Trump: Who's Better for True Conservationists?
In Episode 103 of District of Conservation, Gabriella compares the 2020 candidates on the issues of Second Amendment rights, hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, land management, public lands access, and more. She dissects and assesses Joe Biden's proposals on firearms and conservation issues against President Donald Trump's record. Is it better? Is Trump terrible on public lands issues and the environment as reported? Is Biden offering something new or largely borrowing from the Trump Administration?  You, the listener, can decide for yourself.  SHOW NOTES Sportsmen for Trump vs Sportsmen for Biden & alleged Trump failures regarding sportsmen and women Biden on guns December 2016  lead tackle ban on USFWS lands (Obama-Biden) Trump awarding $320M to  Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (February 2020) Trump awards $250M to Everglades Restoration Trump on wildlife corridors Trump DOI announces $130 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects  Trump signed GAOA into law Trump Interior news and accomplishments Trump signs Modern Fish Act  Recreational anglers happy with Trump administration 2013 Biden Interview on MSNBC 2013 Biden Interview in Field & Stream Obama-Biden cut CWD funding in 2015
September 14, 2020
EP 102: Red Drum Fishing with Captain Josh Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing & Your Reviews
In Episode 102 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent red drum fishing trip with Captain Joshua Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing. Josh launched his fishing charter in 2014. During season, he splits his time between Hampton, Virginia, in the Peninsula and his home base of Kilmarnock in Northern Neck.  Although she hooked-up a bull red and it got away, there's still many a fish tale to tell. Josh worked very hard to help put Gabriella on the board and the fish didn't cooperate, despite having success catching them earlier in the week. But guess what? That's okay. Anglers must celebrate both the victories and missed catches. That's what fishing is all about, after all!  She brought Josh on the podcast to share his story, the inspiration behind his business, what makes the fishery in the Lower Chesapeake Bay unique, working with Green Top Hunt Fish, the status of small fishing operators, how to support them despite COVID, and how to fish with him.  Get to know Capt. Josh and book a charter with him! Meet Captain Josh Saunders Peake Tide Fishing Website + Pricing Follow Peake Tide on Facebook Follow Peake Tide on Instagram
September 7, 2020
EP 101: Jenny Anderson from 'Girl of 10,000 Lakes'
In Episode 101 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with former journalist and outdoor content creator Jenny Anderson, who runs the Girl from 10,000 Lakes blog. Jenny was born in Korea and immigrated to the USA as a child. She also serves as a WSI Sports pro staffer (like our host). She talked about her journey in the outdoor industry and what makes her tick. She chatted how she picked up fishing and most recently hunting on her own since she didn’t grow up with these activities. You don't want to miss this convo!  Girl From 10,000 Lakes Website  Meet Jenny  Follow Jenny on Facebook  Follow Jenny on Instagram  Follow Jenny on Twitter
August 26, 2020
EP 100: We've Hit 100 Episodes! Plus: a Preview of Season 3
In Episode 100 of District of Conservation, Gabriella expressed her gratitude to listeners, clarified the mission of the podcast, and previewed what people can expect in Season 3, which will debut on September 8th.  Leave a review for District of Conservation Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter
August 25, 2020
EP 99: Jeff Angers of Center for Sportfishing Policy
In Episode 99 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Center for Sportfishing Policy president Jeff Angers. Here's more about the organization:  The Center for Sportfishing Policy’s role is to affect public policy related to the conservation of marine resources with broad abilities to pursue political solutions. The organization is non-partisan and focuses on having an impact in the national political arena, principally Congress and federal regulatory agencies. The Center is organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code; accordingly, donations are not tax deductible. Additionally, the Center has established the Center for Sportfishing Policy Political Action Committee (Center PAC), so that its members can fully participate in elective politics. The Center and Center PAC work to elect candidates to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who support marine conservation. Show Notes:  DOI opened largest public area to fishing and hunting Dem 2020 platform on 30 by 2030 (pg. 56): "Democrats will protect wildlife habitats and biodiversity, slow extinction rates, and grow America’s natural carbon sinks by conserving 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030." CSP Website, Facebook, and Twitter Economic impact of recreational anglers AB 3030 Modern Fish Act Drop-down/descending devices
August 24, 2020
EP 98: Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA)
In Episode 98 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) of Virginia's 1st Congressional District.  Serving the First Congressional District of Virginia since 2007, Rob has been focused on strengthening our military and supporting veterans, promoting economic development through fiscal responsibility, fixing our crumbling infrastructure, increasing access to high-speed internet, and promoting workforce development through Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. In the U.S. Congress, Rob serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is well-positioned to represent the needs of Virginia's First District.  He has quickly earned a reputation for being an advocate for our men and women in uniform and for being a champion of the Chesapeake Bay. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob brings his professional expertise in water quality, fisheries, and other natural resource issues. He is a champion of the Chesapeake Bay -- for its environmental and economic attributes -- and has introduced legislation that will increase the accountability and effectiveness of cleaning up the Bay. He serves as co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus, which brings Bay issues into focus for Members of Congress. He was re-elected for his sixth full term in the House of Representatives in November 2018 and for more than 20 years, Rob has served in several levels of government, from Montross Town Council to United States Congress. Rob won his first campaign for public office in 1986 when he was elected to the Montross Town Council, where he served for 10 years, four of them as Mayor. In 1995, Rob was elected to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors and was elected its Chairman in 2003. In 2005, voters in the 99th Legislative District elected Rob to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2007. Prior to his election to Congress, Rob spent 26 years working in state government, most recently as Field Director for the Virginia Health Department's Division of Shellfish Sanitation. Earlier, he worked for many years as an environmental health specialist for local health departments in Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech. Wittman's Congressional Website Congressman Wittman on Facebook Congressman Wittman on Instagram Congressman Wittman on Twitter District of Conservation is powered by CFACT. 
August 17, 2020
EP 97: Henry & Lakeisha Woodard of H.A.L.O. Chronicles
In Episode 97 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Henry and Lakeisha Woodard of HALO Chronicles. The Woodards reside in NW Mississippi with their four children and love to fish and hunt.   "H.A.L.O." is an acronym for Henry and Lakeisha Outdoors.  Henry and Lakeisha Woodard of H.A.L.O. Chronicles are God-fearing, family-oriented, Mississippi Shuffling, avid hunters who suffer occasionally from buck fever and the turkey pox!   Different organizations across the outdoor industry and even advocacy have partnered with this lovely husband and wife duo — including Mossy Oak, Winchester, Lacrosse, Hunter Nation, TPUSA, and others. They were recently featured in promotional materials for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and interviewed by Business Insider.    HALO Chronicles Website Follow on Facebook Follow on Instagram Follow on Twitter Follow on YouTube
August 12, 2020
EP 96: Nick Hoffman, Country Music Artist & Outdoor Channel TV Host
In Episode 96 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with a fellow but unrelated Hoffman—"Nick's Wild Ride" star and country music artist, Nick Hoffman!  Nick Hoffman is an award-winning country music artist whose passion for travel and the outdoors takes him to the world’s most interesting places. After 12 years as the fiddle player in country music star Kenny Chesney’s Band, he struck out on his own and scored two hit songs with country trio “THE FARM”. Now, Nick’s Wild Ride, shows people a side of Nick Hoffman they’ve never seen. Part traveler, part hunter, part historian, with some party-guy sprinkled in, you never know what he’ll do next.  Nick's Wild Ride, with host Nick Hoffman, takes viewers on a unique journey as Nick digs deep into the food, culture, music, history, and heartbeat of a location as he hunts and fishes.     Nick's Wild Ride has won critical acclaim for its distinctive entertaining style and dynamic pace.  Season 1 was nominated for 3 coveted Outdoor Sportsman ("Golden Moose") Awards  in 2016 and won 3 Telly Awards in the categories of Travel/Tourism, Culture & Lifestyle, and Activism for Short Form for Nick Hoffman's work to spread the message on African Conservation.  In 2017, the success of Season 2 of Nick's Wild Ride positioned the show as one of the best-rated programs on the Outdoor Channel and produced another 4 nominations for excellence at the 18th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards and his first win after taking the "Golden Moose" home for "Best Conservation" for his work in Africa.   Season 2 of Nick's Wild Ride won an amazing 7 Telly Awards including taking home awards in the categories of Travel/Tourism, Culture & Lifestyle, and Religious Spiritual for his episode on the culture of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.   In 2019, another 4 Telly awards, and the POMA PINNACLE AWARDS for Excellence in Broadcasting were added to the impressive list of accolades that Nick's Wild Ride has accumulated in its 4 Seasons. Season 5 will drop this fall. Nick's Wild Ride Nick's Website Nick's Facebook Nick's Instagram Nick's Twitter
August 10, 2020
EP 95: Make Seafood Sexy Again with Chef Andrew Gruel
In Episode 95 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Chef Andrew Gruel.  Chef Andrew Gruel is currently the Founder and Executive Chef of Slapfish Restaurant, the award-winning food truck turned international brick and mortar, based out of Huntington Beach, CA. Chef Gruel’s goal is to make “seafood sexy again.”   Slapfish was established in 2011 by Chef Andrew Gruel as a food truck in California, focused on serving fresh, honest seafood. The concept has since become the fastest growing fast-casual seafood restaurant in North America, with over 20 brick-and-mortar locations and more than 150 in development. Known for its emphasis on sustainability and conservation, Slapfish is on a mission to, “make seafood sexy again,” at an affordable price. The brand has been featured on Food Network, PBS and Food & Wine, just to name a few. For more information about Slapfish, visit  Gruel’s first TV appearance was in 2007 on the BBC program The Endless Feast in 2007. Among multiple TV appearances he’s made, the chef has served as a judge on the Food Network’s Food Truck Face Off in 2014, and hosted the reality TV show Say It To My Face! On FYI.    His is the co-host of The SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA, which launched in 2012   Chef Gruel's Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Slapfish Website Facebook Instagram Twitter
August 5, 2020
EP 94: U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)
In Episode 94 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).  U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the junior senator from Colorado and chief architect of the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, sits down with our host to update viewers and listeners about the campaign, how he got the Great American Outdoors Act across the finish line, if conservatives/Republicans can be conservationists, how the relocation of Bureau of Land Management from DC to Grand Junction is going, his favorite outdoor setting, and more. Watch the interview on YouTube.  Learn more about Senator Gardner's re-election campaign here. Follow the Senator on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
August 3, 2020
EP 93: Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
In Episode 93 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with Aoibheann Cline and Ellary Tucker Williams of Congressional Sportsmen Foundation. You don't want to miss this girl-power episode. The ladies spoke about the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, the problem of 30x30 legislation, AB 3030, the Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume VI report, their bipartisan work, how to get women in the outdoors, and much more. Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, working closely with CSF, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers. CSF’s stature as the sportsmen’s leader on policy issues has steadily grown through active involvement within the hunting and fishing conservation community, including staff leadership and engagement in the American Wildlife Conservation Partners, Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, and the Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife at the national level, and Families Afield and the Sunday Hunting Coalition at the state level. Additionally, CSF is represented on federally chartered advisory councils (FACs) dealing with hunting, recreational fishing, and wildlife management: the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council, the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee, The Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council, and the Marine Protected Areas FAC. District of Conservation is now powered by CFACT. ### CSF Website | CSF Facebook | CSF Instagram | CSF Twitter
July 27, 2020
EP 92: Mountain Dew 'Outdoor Stimulus' Program, New Salmon Farm Coming to Maryland's Eastern Shore
In Episode 92 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses two interesting updates on the conservation front. First, the fanfare associated with Mountain Dew's new "Out Here It's DEW" campaign, which has closed on account of 5,000 people applying (WOW). Second, she discussed the new $1 billion salmon farm operation coming to Maryland's Eastern Shore starting 2021. District of Conservation is now powered by CFACT.  SHOW NOTES:  Mountain Dew 'Out Here It's DEW' campaign & Forbes Article on it Chesapeake Bay Magazine Article on New Salmon Farm
July 21, 2020
EP 91: Environmental Law with Pacific Legal Foundation's Jonathan Wood
In Episode 91 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Jonathan Wood of Pacific Legal Foundation. Jonathan spoke about his work, recent PLF legal victories, the need to modernize the Endangered Species Act, how the EAJA is abused by preservationist/radical environmental groups, how the future of environmentalism is in free enterprise, and much more.  District of Conservation is now powered by CFACT.  SHOW NOTES:  Jonathan's Biography Jonathan's Twitter Jonathan's Work with PERC Pacific Legal Foundation Website PLF Facebook PLF Twitter PLF YouTube
July 20, 2020
EP 90: State Dept. Legalizes Suppressor Exports, 9th Circuit GYE Grizzly Ruling, ICAST 2020 Online
In Episode 90 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three topics: the State Department allowing exports of suppressors abroad, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against true conservation stakeholders with respect to GYE grizzly, and why we should get excited about ICAST 2020 online this week.  SHOW NOTES:  NSSF praises State Department rule; as does the American Suppressor Association ; DDTC update GYE 9th Circuit Update (NYT version) ICAST 2020 Online
July 13, 2020
EP 89: VDGIF's New Name, VA Elk Tag, Atlantic Coast Pipeline Canceled, and Soaring Gun Sales
In Episode 89 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses what's happening in Virginia on the conservation front.  VDGIF is now the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources We're getting an elk tag — it's now law Despite winning at the Supreme Court, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is canceled Gun sales top 81,000 in June in Virginia.  SHOW NOTES/EXTRAS:  YouTube video on Shenandoah National Park visit On the Run w/ Remso Martinez
July 7, 2020
EP 88: Rachelle Hedrick of Smoke Hole Outfitters
In Episode 88 of District of Conservation, Gabriella ventured next door to West Virginia to the town of Cabins to experience Smoke Hole Outfitters and all the fishing it had to offer. She spoke to Rachelle Hedrick, who co-manages the outfitting operation of Smoke Hole Resort, Smoke Hole Outfitters, alongside her husband, Josh Hedrick. You'll learn about her story and her work in the outdoor industry.  SHOW NOTES:  Rachelle's Bio DSG Smoke Hole Resort Smoke Hole Outfitters Follow Rachelle on Facebook and Instagram Follow Smoke Hole on Facebook and Instagram
June 29, 2020
EP 87: Is Teddy Roosevelt Being #Canceled? Plus: Watch Yellowstone S3 on Paramount Network
In Episode 87 of District of Conservation, Gabriella Hoffman discusses two newsworthy items: the #canceling of President Theodore Roosevelt (?!) and why listeners should watch Yellowstone on Paramount TV Sunday at 9pm ET.   SHOT NOTES:  NYT Story and Quotes from American Museum of Natural History & TR descendent CBS article I mentioned Yellowstone S3 on Paramount Network
June 22, 2020
EP 86: Atlantic Coast Pipeline SCOTUS Ruling, Forest Service Modernization, 'Get on Board' Campaign
In Episode 86 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three important updates. First, being the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Atlantic Cost Pipeline. Second, the new U.S. Forest Service rule to allow more balanced use on USFS lands. And the third update on the newly-launched Discover Boating x TakeMeFishing campaign 'Get On Board' out today.  SHOW NOTES:  SCOTUS Majority Opinion AP article on SCOTUS ruling ACP's response to ruling US Forest Service Rule Memorandum 'Get On Board' Campaign Video | Discover Boating | TakeMeFishing
June 16, 2020
EP 85: Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming, Talks New Hunger Initiative and How Hunters Can Play a Role
In Episode 85 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviewed Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon about her newly-launched Wyoming Hunter Initiative—a program geared towards ending childhood hunger. A component of her initiative, believe it or not, gives hunters the ability to donate their food through the program's 'Food from the Field' facet. Here's more about this new component from the No Hunter Wyo website: "Wyoming's majestic landscapes offer hunters some of the best opportunities in the world; Food from the Field enables them to share that bounty by donating all or part of their meat to participating local processors who in turn will prepare it for local organizations to distribute to our neighbors in need."    Interview Resources:   YouTube Video Jennie Gordon's Biography  Wyoming Hunger Initiative No Hunger Wyo/Hunt  Wyoming Women's Foundation Antelope Hunt Follow First Lady Jennie Gordon on social media:    Facebook Instagram Twitter
June 8, 2020
EP 84: June is Great Outdoors Month, A Bill That Can Unify Us, and Your Reviews
In Episode 84 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the history behind Great Outdoors Month and how nature can heal a hurting nation. Plus, a breakdown of the Great American Outdoors Act and some reading of reviews.  *Show Notes* Great Outdoors Month Proclamation Great Outdoors Month Townhall Column - Use code HOFFMAN to access it. Great American Outdoors Act Post a Review for District of Conservation
June 2, 2020
EP 83: Sign the #ResponsibleRecreation Pledge
In Episode 83 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses why she's taking the #ResponsibleRecreation pledge. It's a challenge started by Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership with backing from National Wild Turkey Federation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  Here are the six principles:  Plan ahead; purchase licenses and park passes online, if available. Recreate close to home Adhere to best practices for avoiding COVID-19 Follow state and federal guidelines Pack out your trash as a courtesy to others and to avoid