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.
You're invited to come explore this September 4th.
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
—Debbie Hanson, outdoor writer and freshwater fishing guide out of Estero, Florida.
—Joe Mahler, artist and fly casting instructor. He also works closely with Reilly Rod Crafters
—Matt Reilly, millennial fishing guide out of SW Virginia and outdoor writer
To learn more about the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.com .
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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.
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
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
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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.
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
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.
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
WOTUS Rule Reform: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-propose-new-waters-united-states-definition
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
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/
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/
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Learn about the Modern Fish Act and its status here: https://asafishing.org/advocacy_and_policy/advocacy/modern-fish-act/
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.
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/
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
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.
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/
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_/
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.