District of Conservation

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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 41: Can Conservatives Be Conservationists? Plus The DC Project and BLM Moving Out West
In Episode 41 of District of Conservation, Gabriella deconstructs the misconceptions about political conservatives and conservation by arguing the two can be reconciled. She also discussed the formation of the Republican-led bicameral Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, her findings at the recent DC Project fly-over, and why Bureau of Land Management moving out West is good for improving stakeholder and land management efforts. 
July 16, 2019
EP 40: Lexi Quinn Discusses the Transition from Firefighter to Business Owner, Her Love of Hunting, and The #ValueOfPOMA
In District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Lexi Quinn, a newly-retired firefighter and immediate past U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter. She discusses how she got her start in the Great Outdoors through bowhunting, what compelled her to become a firefighter, how fires are started, what it was like combatting the recent California fires, what it's like for women to serve as firefighters, her thoughts on forest management and what should improve, her next move(s), the value of POMA and why she's glad she joined the organization.  Connect with Lexi on social media:  Personal insta: lexxyquinn_  Blog insta: LifeBeyondLimitsOfficial   Blog website: LifeBeyondLimitsOfficial.com  Media insta: roaming_hygge_media    Facebook: Lexi Quinn
July 9, 2019
EP 39: Op-Ed Calls for Cutting Hunting Access on Public Lands, Previewing My Interview With Secretary Bernhardt, Buy Yo 2019-2020 Duck Stamps
In Episode 39 of District of Conservation, Gabriella previews her interview with Interior Secretary Bernhardt and what they discussed; the problem with this anti-hunting op-ed in the Hartford Courier that calls for cutting hunting access on public lands with declining hunting numbers; and why you should buy a 2019-2020 duck stamp. 
July 2, 2019
EP 38: Value of POMA and On Winning a Pinnacle Award, NEPA and Forestry Reforms, A DC Fourth of July on Expanded National Park Service Monuments
In Episode 38 of District of Conservation, Gabriella returns from a two-week hiatus and updates listeners on the latest happenings and what she's been up to.  During Professional Outdoor Media Association's (POMA) Business Conference in Wichita, Kansas last week, she won the Pinnacle Award in the Conservation category for her Sporting Classics piece "Judicial Review Shouldn't Trump Wildlife Conservation" and she discusses why she's glad she belongs to POMA. Gabriella also discusses the piece being featured in an upcoming print edition of Sporting Classics Magazine for the September/October 2019 issue.  On policy or news updates, she discusses NEPA reforms and why forestry needs to be depoliticized plus updated Fourth of July plans on National Park Service lands in Washington,D.C. for the upcoming "Salute to America" event on the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial. 
June 25, 2019
EP 37: Great Outdoors Month, President Trump Really Doesn't Like Suppressors, War Brewing on 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Theme
In Episode 37 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses how listeners can participating in National Fishing and Boating Weeks festivities through Free Fishing Days again via wwww.takemefishing.org but largely discussed Great Outdoors Month and how to participate; why Trump shouldn't ban suppressors despite one being used in the Virginia Beach mass shooting; and the brewing war on the proposed 2020 Federal Duck Stamp hunting theme.  Notes:  — 2019 National Fishing and Boating Week information.  —Great Outdoors Month website — White House briefing featuring Trump quote on suppressors —Resurgent article on suppressors.  —Federal Duck Stamp theme rule change — "mandatory" hunting theme — 2017 Hunting and Fishing directive from the Department of Interior —Audobon Society article against the rule change.
June 4, 2019
EP 36: Introduce Someone New to Fishing This Year & Gearing Up for National Fishing and Boating Week 2019
In Episode 36 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses fishing in western Maryland for the first time and why the area is a hidden gem. She also discusses taking her friend, Matthew Redmond, on his second fishing trip and his unconventional "first catch" with a carp plus their visit to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve in Thurmont, Maryland.  She also discusses the upcoming 2019 National Fishing and Boating Week and how listeners can practice safe boating and ethical fishing practices from June 1-9, 2019, in their states. 
May 28, 2019
EP 35: On Being a Finalist for POMA's 2019 Pinnacle Awards, Herrera vs. Wyoming, DOI Memo on Frivolous Attorney's Fees and Costs Paid By Taxpayers
In Episode 35 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses being selected as a finalist for Professional Outdoor Media Association's 2019 Pinnacle Awards. She'll find out June 19th if she's a Category Winner or Outstanding Achievement recipient in either the Newspaper/Online Publication or Wildlife Conservation categories.  She also touched upon the new SCOTUS ruling, Herrera vs. Wyoming, that ruled 5-4 that a 1868 Native American treaty exempts the plaintiff from adhering to state wildlife laws in Wyoming, since the state was incorporated after the treaty was signed. Herrera illegally poached a bull elk sans license and out of season in January 2014. There's contention over whether tribal rights will supersede state law and invite other parties to request similar exemptions to seasons and license requirements.  Gabriella also discussed why DOI is making environmental attorney's fees and costs recouped by taxpayers available to the public. Here's the memo to better understand what this will entail. It comes after a September 2018 Secretarial order that called for such transparency. 
May 21, 2019
EP 34: Being on Tarpon Time, More Public Target Ranges Coming, Wild Game Donation Bill Being Mulled, and Moratorium on Virginia's Trophy Striped Bass Season
In Episode 34 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent tarpon fishing trip and how she lost a battle with one. However, she didn't come up empty-handed: she caught some bluefish and her first speckled trout. She fished alongside two ladies, Emily Feeks and Amy Lockhart, who serve in the Navy, thanks to James Boggs of Team ADDO. They fished with Captain Jason Lineburger of Ruthless Fishing Charters, who put them on the board with a lot of snook, speckled trout, and blue fish.  Gabriella also discussed H.R. 1222 passing both chambers of Congress and awaiting signage by President Trump; H.R.  2291 - the Wild Game Donation Act of 2019 - being mulled in the House and NSSF's good explainer on what it'll do if passed; and the moratorium on the Virginia striped bass trophy season that recently went into effect. 
May 7, 2019
EP 33: Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins Talks The Power of Video Storytelling and Why It's Needed in Hunting
In Episode 33 of District of Conservation, Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins joins the podcast to discuss Season 3 of his project and the power of video storytelling in the hunting industry.  Here's what he touched upon:  His background and how a letter is the inspiration behind Blood Origins His career in wildlife biology  What is Blood Origins and the gist of the project Why he prefers America's conservation system over anywhere else The challenges that arise from people and entities not engaged in video storytelling What makes a good hunting story and what he looks out for in subjects to profile How to win over skeptics in the hunting industry and the importance of projecting authenticity Dream guests for the series How listeners can support Blood Origins and get involved Visit www.bloodorigins.com to learn more about the project. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
April 30, 2019
EP 32: Earth Day Special- Introducing Conservation Nation, Another Virginia Deer Found With CWD, DOI Sport Fishing and Boating Council
In Episode 32 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the bleak origin of Earth Day and how sportsmen and women can reclaim the holiday from radical environmentalists. She also discussed her new CFACT video series CONSERVATION NATION and what viewers can expect from it. She also touched upon the latest chronic wasting disease (CWD) case found in a Culpeper, VA deer and some new members of the Department of Interior's Sport Fishing and Boating Council.  Watch CONSERVATION NATION EP. 1 with Buck Robinson of Outdoor Access here and SUBSCRIBE to their YouTube channel to never miss an episode. 
April 23, 2019
EP 31: Brian Lynn and Bruce Tague from Sportsmen's Alliance Join the Podcast
On Episode 31 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Brian Lynn and Bruce Tague from Sportsmen's Alliance. Brian serves as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing, while Bruce serves as Vice President of Government Affairs.  Sportsmen's Alliance first began as the Wildlife Legislative Fund of America and Wildlife Conservation Fund of America, the organization formed in 1977 after Ohio Ballot Issue 2 threatened Ohio’s trapping community. After leading the fight to successfully defeat the bill, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance was officially incorporated in 1978 as the number one defender of sportsmen across the country. During the summer of 2015, USSA’s name changed to the Sportsmen’s Alliance in an effort to decrease name length and enhance brand recognition. Here's what they discussed:  Introduction + Sportsmen's Alliance Basics  How is SA different from other hunting organizations and who their partners are Hunting bills (anti- and pro-) that have been deliberated across the US this legislative session — over 500 and what kinds of bills will be considered in the future Why hunters should care about electing and supporting the right politicians What David Bernhardt's confirmation to lead DOI means for hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts Hunting isn't a constitutional right, but is a right per right to hunt and fish amendments found in 22 states across the U.S. Why hunters should be aware of anti-harassment laws in place in all but CA to protect them against bullying by anti-hunters What the media gets wrong about hunters and how to counter negative portrayals Final thoughts and how listeners can connect with them.  To learn more about Sportsmen's Alliance, visit www.sportsmensalliance.org and join their organization. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  *Show Notes*  Right to Hunt and Fish Amendments: https://ballotpedia.org/Right_to_hunt_and_fish_constitutional_amendments Hunter Harassment Laws: https://www.animallaw.info/topics/hunter-harassment
April 16, 2019
EP 30: Yes, Elk Are Thriving in Virginia and Come To Ohio State University Tomorrow for a "Hunting is Conservation" Panel
In Episode 30 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her experience in Virginia's Elk Country and why this is a conservation success. She also  talked about her upcoming talk at Ohio State University tomorrow on how "Hunting is Conservation" alongside Bruce Tague of Sportsmen's Alliance and Dr. Robert Gates from Ohio State University's School of Environment and Natural Resources.  There are about 200 elk in SWVA right in the heart of Coal Country.  Elk used to roam much of the East Coast until the late 1880’s, when the Eastern elk sub-species were over-hunted and poached to extinction. It was hunters, interestingly enough, who realized they must be responsible for and protect them, which is why the North American Model of Conservation was established. True conservation groups like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation were started to bring imperiled wildlife back to the forefront. Today, elk can be found all over the East Coast and may soon be found in states like Illinois and New York. Their return is welcome as they play an integral role in the ecosystem. Elk reintroduction efforts began in 2012. Seven years later, the herd is ever-growing and 50 new calves are expected to be born this month. For now, hunting the herd should be put on hold until it reaches manageable numbers for sustainable culling. A few elk have sadly been poached by terrible people since the introduction but all stakeholders are vested in and determined to protect them and see them flourish. That is the truth about hunters and conservation. Elk Notes:  http://www.virginiaplaces.org/natural/elk.html https://www.facebook.com/thegabbyhoffman/videos/415743195665565/?__xts__[0]=68.ARDTYa4WzztDHeRstrRKi7v6_MQ2ILtIW1zYkKwK11vazkoQYIJKHFU9lW7w8wVVuxnqtTsdV6CIbYXC212PmrCqWmMpRaOrB9faQLUhT0lXKbvJhZEsTfJ_-LiTpgm5JYcSqrg1udyXQSwbo1qX3t1HQvfL0ZRKGehyoXQb9K86y9G1ixQhMMAVaCg-RRY3hKeZNepk5IFNBaDQQpJmS4sfLodivO3Q22bWbebuN0Yfdk64s0YaEz06D4S4O0rGV74i5aYFLomSeGUhWRHw7OlXu5Yn8wa5iwgQU6YIgTlDMHnwRGFKCMoD1Y-otMJZO0awSclF_mVGM9UVd5AJelXGULhmFTc&__tn__=H-R https://www.wideopenspaces.com/history-eastern-elk-now/ https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/elk-come-home-to-virginia/article_130e9d58-9fba-11e7-99b4-478d62bbf1db.html Info for Attending the OSU Panel Discussion:   https://u.osu.edu/timeforchange/
April 2, 2019
EP 29: Stephen Gutowski of Washington Free Beacon Joins the Podcast to Talk What the Media Gets Wrong About Guns and More
In Episode 29 of District of Conservation, Gabriella invites listeners to hear from Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon. He is an NRA-certified firearms instructor and a recipient of a 2018 Defender of Liberty award from Second Amendment Foundation. Why firearms? Excise taxes collected on firearms through the Pittman-Robertson Act help pay the majority of conservation funding that comes from hunters and anglers.  Gutowski has written for WFB since September 2014. What sparked his interest in firearms and subsequent interest in reporting on them? A 2009 visit to the range during a media internship. Though he grew up in Pennsylvania, it wasn't until he moved to the Washington, D.C. area  Stephen's interest in firearms took form. He noticed there was a serious deficit of gun beat reporters and made it his mission, given his newfound interest in the topic, to help bring fairness to the subject. Now, he's on a mission to not only inform his readers on the latest news and legislation being considered but to ensure mainstream reporters get their firearms facts right. Gutowski, Gabriella argues, is someone industry folks, reporters, and gun owners should follow.  Follow Stephen on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Bookmark his articles and send him a tip.
March 26, 2019
EP 28: Nathan Edmondson of Eco Defense Group (EDGE) Joins the Podcast
In Episode 28 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes Nathan Edmondson of Eco Defense Group to the podcast.  Nathan has worked in the entertainment industry and says his involvement in wildlife conservation was necessitated by an urgent need to protect endangered species like the African elephant.  The rest is history.  Nathan talks about the following during the interview:  How he got involved in wildlife conservation and how EDGE was born What EDGE is and why it was started He discussed how EDGE doesn't employ Neo-Colonialism by working with locals to ensure they don't get sucked into poaching The seriousness of anti-poaching efforts The Buzzfeed report on paramilitary anti-poaching troopers World Wildlife Fund contracted out and why their group wouldn't outsource hiring to those they don't vet EDGE initiatives and why Americans should care about conserving endangered species there and domestically How listeners can get involved with EDGE and learn more about the group. EDGE was established in 2017 and is committed to ambitious preservation of African wildlife through protection, innovation and community. Their work spans across South Africa, Namibia and other countries as projects dictate.  Their extensive experience on the ground, exclusive access to frontline conservation areas and extraordinary team members — with backgrounds in US Special Operations, entertainment, genetics, business and other fields — make them a radically effective organization. Contact them at edge@ecodefensegroup.org.  Support their latest campaign to protect the rhino here.  You can learn more about the organization at www.EcoDefenseGroup.org. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
March 19, 2019
EP 27: Boris is Back! My Dad Returns to the Podcast to Talk Mountain Lions, Green New Deal, Conservation, and Our Upcoming Fishing Trips
In Episode 27 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes her dad, Boris Hoffman, back to the podcast.  They discuss mountain lions, the Green New Deal, Conservation, gun control, hunting, and their upcoming fishing trips.
March 12, 2019
EP 26: Make Hunting Ecumenical Again and Outdoor Women Making Waves During March
In Episode 26 of District of Conservation, Gabriella deviates from the usual discussion of public policy affecting anglers and hunters to instead discuss the need for the outdoor industry to adopt a more ecumenical approach to hunting and fishing recruitment efforts, not subtraction with lectures on the "right" way to hunt or fish. She also mentions Independent Women Forum's inclusion of the podcast on their "must-listen" list: http://www.iwf.org/blog/2808804/13-Great-Podcasts-for-Conservative-Women It doesn't matter how you hunt or fish as long as it's tasteful, ethical, and legal. West vs. East. Rifle vs. bow. Small game vs. big game. Public land vs. private land. High fence vs. backcountry. And sometimes, Fly vs. bait  or spin cast. It doesn't matter. Nobody should dictate your preferred style of hunting or fishing—given we have free will here in the U.S. With hunting participation in dire need of new participants, nothing stymies this more than negative voices. Can we get past these stupid intraparty arguments? Let's go fishing and hunting! She mentions how Outdoor Access Inc. is a good solution for private land hunting access: https://outdooraccess.com/#/ And Gabriella touches upon how lady anglers and hunters should be honored during the month of March through elevation, not torched and discouraged. She discusses a great post by Alycia Downs' recent blog post on her website TIDE + TALE on why outdoor women who are authentic and trying shouldn't be teared down. It goes along the lines of the first topic of discussion. Here's Alycia's article: https://www.tideandtale.com/tidbits-posts/2019/2/24/enough-is-enough-bashing-women-in-the-outdoor-industry-is-not-okay?fbclid=IwAR3ZbpHlHNbfnarf0zS-lDQXFOng3IujfgKrf-l3A2tHwWc8jBYCntdqVRA Join the Wild Women Working in the Outdoors Industry Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412809456194653/
March 5, 2019
EP 25: House Democrats Are Keen on Confiscating Guns From Law-Abiding Americans, Maryland Sunday Hunting Bills, and LWCF Could Be Killed By the Green New Deal
In Episode 25 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a wide swath of trending and breaking topics.  First, she discusses how keen House Democrats are with gun confiscation, rather than working to actually reduce gun violence. H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 may pass through the House of Representatives today or mid-week, and that would be alarming.  HR 8 Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/8/text Shayna's Miami Herald Article: https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article226108705.html Mention of DOJ study where 90% of criminals admit to using illegal means to procure guns: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/suficspi16.pdf  HR 1112 Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1112?s=1&r=25 NJ Story: https://www.foxnews.com/us/no-one-helped-her-nj-woman-murdered-by-ex-while-awaiting-gun-permit Second, she breaks down how good it is to see Sunday Hunting bills for deer and waterfowl in Maryland.  Sportsmen's Alliance blurb: https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/news/maryland-bills-expands-sunday-hunting/ SB 293: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb0293&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2019rs (Bill was withdrawn ) SB 390: Still being considered https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/SB390/2019 And she tops it off with a brief overview of permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and why the Green New Deal would wipe it out of existence. LWCF Background: https://www.lwcfcoalition.com/ Resurgent Article: https://theresurgent.com/2019/02/21/land-water-conservation-fund-greenewdeal/ 
February 26, 2019
EP 24: Boris Hoffman Fled Socialism to Pursue His American Dream and Fish Without Fear
In Episode 24 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Boris Hoffman— a general contractor and avid angler. Boris also happens to be Gabriella's dad.  Boris discusses the following:  — How he picked up fishing in Soviet-occupied Lithuania despite not having family interested in it —How central planning destroyed the environment in Eastern Europe —He expanded on Soviet propaganda they fed the populace that capitalism killed wildlife and the environment, but says immigrating to the USA the opposite was true —He said the Green New Deal would kill the construction industry and boating/hunting industries —Why our conservation model in America is best —Why environmental policies should be basic but limited and energy companies shouldn't be subsidized  —He discusses the gun culture of the USSR vs. the gun culture of America and why the latter is better —Why we are NRA members are law-abiding and join the organization willingly—like he and Gabriella did —How an FBI agent told him he didn't know where Lithuania was when he was going through the NICS background check when purchasing our guns.  —Why it’s important to get kids hooked on the Great Outdoors —Why we love Raise Em Outdoors and plan to be fishing counselors again —Why he wants to start hunting at age 64 & value of meat and pelts Learn more about him and hire him for your next remodeling project, if in the DC Metro Area, at www.BalticConstruction.net . 
February 19, 2019
EP 23: The "Green New Deal" Is Awful for True Conservation, PA Sunday Hunting Making Waves, Animal Rights Groups Thwarting Maryland Ray Fishing Management
In Episode 23 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discuss how the "Green New Deal" is not only awful for the environment, it'll kill conservation efforts, boating, and other activities that involve traditional energy sources.  Plus, she discussed Pennsylvania's Sunday Hunting bill being considered and animal rights activists interfering with ray fishing management efforts in Maryland.  SHOW NOTES Green New Deal: https://theresurgent.com/2019/02/11/socialism-free-enterprise-environment-greennewdeal/ PA Hunting Bill - St. Senate : https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/news/pennsylvania-sunday-hunting-bill-clears-first-hurdle/ Ray tournament fishing ban extension: https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/general_assembly/ac-cn-cownose-rays-20190209-story.html
February 12, 2019
EP 22: David Bernhardt Nominated to Run Interior Department
In Episode 22 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a lot of news—starting with how pro-gun interests in Virginia will benefit from the fallout of political chaos befalling Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) and Lt. Government Justin Fairfax. She also discusses appearing in both Field & Stream and Outdoor Life for the first time. She wrote about SHOT Show 2019 happenings there.  Gabriella also discussed the selection of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, previously Deputy Interior Secretary, to succeed former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who bowed out in December. She also discussed the news that a Lee County, VA school district is countersuing Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a huge anti-gunner, for preventing the school district from implementing this firearms policy.  SHOW NOTES Articles -  Field & Stream piece: https://www.fieldandstream.com/15-outdoor-influencers-reveal-their-favorite-shot-show-gear#page-16 Outdoor Life piece: https://www.outdoorlife.com/15-coolest-things-you-missed-out-on-at-shot-show-2019 DOI Announcement: https://twitter.com/DOIDepSec/status/1092521879569686534 Stephen Gutowski's Lee County lawsuit piece: https://freebeacon.com/issues/virginia-school-district-sues-state-ag-to-allow-staff-to-carry-guns/
February 5, 2019
EP 21: Post SHOT Show Recap & Interior/USFWS Social Media Accounts Are Running Again!
In Episode 21 of District of Conservation, Gabriella reviews her recent trip to SHOT Show and previews her upcoming articles reviewing the show for a big outdoor publication and ReelCamo Girl.  She also discusses why it's good to see U.S. Department of Interior / US Fish and Wildlife Service social media up and running again is a good thing.  Show Notes: https://www.nssf.org/successful-shot-show-featured-innovation-and-growth/
January 29, 2019
EP 20: Bad Gun Bills Mostly Defeated in Virginia. Plus Some Good Hunting Bills.
In Episode 20 of District of Conservation, Gabriella updates listeners on the status of Governor Northam's (D-VA) anti-gun package—most of which were defeated—and three surprisingly good hunting bills before the General Assembly this legislative session.  Show notes:  Gutowski on assault weapons bans bill still in the Senate:  https://freebeacon.com/issues/gun-confiscation-plan-backed-by-va-gov-defeated-in-house-awaits-vote-in-senate/ HB 1621 Hunting license; trip hunting license for residents. Allows Virginia residents to purchase a trip hunting license in lieu of the standard local or statewide hunting license; Trip hunting licenses. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+ful+HB1621  HB 2331 Wildlife Corridor Action Plan and Advisory Council  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=HB2331 . Elk Hunting License—HB 2687:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=HB2687  https://www.facebook.com/VABearHunters/?__tn__=kCH-R&eid=ARCw8xmLHVZbub2BEZ-kBpMIkd4vPFNLMzTN43tqL2iaEK15pZLnzny-CRBfvtibci2_wciL-RvsT0Fd&hc_ref=ARRLjW9YwZNr7qJG30B2JqBHaLXYeoRtOjxTdMu0DFYgxO2fXuIjjWUR3IlyITVzFJw&fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARD5m1pHu8iT316lp4AnY9umv2-a472DlS9P1saIGTNsVfmwCnEQLSe0Q1Giddq2ynhZ4RL63vuYHGk5gEs0cuCAJVT9AkImCP952FTQQQ-izB1x5G9ojxLdBsb5VJF7YiSs5ddUyG4gRibrYkKZdO6gMb--nLTCdtuXm2n5xPvQP0XhqGoeJ5UCsutd3FQiKilaTNAlGxYClrHQdaIuBw4omTeYqBZv9YmAea6GeYa4atTBBXJa_zcxvwgbNuptXyoAYiY_m1RuCbanzyJc03db_9ZXf8prY23824xaOcD8je8FVyD_LdHg4NhvU82VDQisqkmJe0aev1U4dKppZ4ed  https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/legislation/ 
January 22, 2019
EP 19: 2019 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival Recap and Interviews
In Episode 19 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recaps the 19th annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival. She also conducts four mini interviews with four outdoor communicators at the show:  —Emily George, outdoor writer, SEOPA member, and content specialist at Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Instagram: www.instagram.com/em_georgee —Debbie Hanson, outdoor writer and freshwater fishing guide out of Estero, Florida.  Website: www.shefishes2.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/shefishes2 Instagram: www.instagram.com/shefishes2 Twitter: www.twitter.com/shefishes2 —Joe Mahler, artist and fly casting instructor. He also works closely with Reilly Rod Crafters Website: www.joemahler.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/joe.mahler.54 Instagram: www.instagram.com/joe_mahler —Matt Reilly, millennial fishing guide out of SW Virginia and outdoor writer Website: www.mattreillyflyfishing.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/matthew.reilly.7 Instagram: www.instagram.com/mattreillyflyfishing  To learn more about the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.com .  Follow them on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vaflyfishingfestival/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vaflyfishing  Instagram: www.instagram.com/vaflyfishingfestival
January 15, 2019
EP 18: There's Nothing "Reasonable" About Gov. Northam's Gun Control Package
In Episode 18 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the signing of the Modern Fish Act into law, the upcoming gun legislation in Virginia's General Assembly, and her fishing/hunting goals for 2019.  SHOW NOTES:  Northam's announcement on "reasonable" gun package: https://wset.com/news/at-the-capitol/gov-northam-announces-gun-control-package-to-be-introduced-in-next-session Northam's $1.4M donation from gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, from 2017 campaign: https://www.vpap.org/candidates/67038/donor/229503/?start_year=all&end_year=all&contrib_type=all Gun bills to be mulled in the 2019 legislative session: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+sbj+068 VCDL's App on how each gun bill, good or bad, weighs: http://www2.vcdl.org/webapps/vcdl/2019leg.html?fbclid=IwAR2-QbuzkJk6kMaUgfDO54A-fFZ4GSjg8rPaZdNwxZd6pHmiW10OqMtppyU  Info on Virginia Lobby Day 1/21: https://www.vcdl.org/event-3101533?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=1%2F4%2F2019&fbclid=IwAR2qjIo0GkdXfLMB-vmvsCTSKlSISSuf1JBzpZ4FdWMdDFkAYcvrNelr48U
January 8, 2019
EP 17: Free Market Environmentalism with CFACT's Adam Houser and Graham Beduze
In Episode 17 of District of Conservation, Gabriella sits down with Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)'s campus division, which is run by Adam Houser and Graham Beduze. It was recorded in SW Florida over the weekend at their Eco Summit, where Gabriella delivered a "Hunting is Conservation" speech to student leaders.  Adam and Graham touched upon the following:  —What CFACT is and their roles in the organization —They discussed what free market environmentalism is — Conservation vs. Preservation Debate —The problems with the Green New Deal —The intersectionality of environmentalism and technology  —Why socialism undermines the climate, not bolsters it —Challenges to Free Market Environmentalism  —What CFACT's 2019 goals are ### Follow CFACT on social media http://www.cfact.org/ http://www.cfactcampus.org/ https://www.instagram.com/cfact/ https://www.facebook.com/CFACTCampus/ https://www.facebook.com/cfact/ https://twitter.com/CFACT https://twitter.com/CFACTCampus _ Follow Graham: https://twitter.com/GBeduze https://www.instagram.com/gbeduze/ _ Follow Adam:  https://twitter.com/adam_houser https://www.instagram.com/adam.houser/
January 1, 2019
EP 16: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is Out—Who Will Replace Him? Plus Two Fish-Minded Bills
In Episode 16 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the news of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's tenure at DOI, his accomplishments, what led to him resigning, and who his successor could be. She also discussed the Modern Fish Act making waves in the Senate, awaiting reconciliation and the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act. Show Links: Zinke's statement: https://twitter.com/SecretaryZinke/status/1074014810830974977 Zinke v. Pruitt comparison: https://www.axios.com/smoother-but-same-track-at-interior-with-ryan-zinke-gone-1ae0f0dc-fba1-4334-8195-c031e94a3b84.html Zinke v Grijalva spat; New chair wanted to subpoena him https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/interior-chief-zinke-calls-rep-grijalva-drunken-after-resignation-op-ed.html Modern Fish Act update - passage in the U.S. Senate : http://www.sportfishingpolicy.com/media-room/u-s-senate-passes-modern-fish-act/ Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act: https://naturalresources.house.gov/newsroom/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=405979
December 18, 2018
EP 15: The Greater Sage Grouse, Sportsmen's Package Must Pass, WOTUS Rule Reform is Conservation Win
In Episode 15 of District of Conservation, Gabriella explains the situation with the greater sage grouse and reforms to the 2015 plan; conservation groups backing a "Sportsmen's Package" during the Lame Duck Session, and newly announced plans to scale back the overreaches of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. which subjects all bodies of water, including puddles and ditches, to regulation. SHOW NOTES: SAGE GROUSE IUCN Status on Sage Grouse and Threats to It: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22679503/92816586 Final Records of Decision from September 2015 explaining plan for greater sage grouse: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/historic-conservation-campaign-protects-greater-sage-grouse Pew on 2015 sage grouse plan: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2015/09/22/sage-grouse-habitat-protected-by-historic-obama-administration-plans Wyoming Tribune Eagle on state's rights angle to management of sage grouse and WY Governor opinion https://www.wyomingnews.com/news/local_news/new-rules-give-states-more-authority-over-sage-grouse/article_db00a038-fb88-11e8-882a-ff6d5a2e1e6f.html TRCP Article on Rule Change: http://www.trcp.org/2018/12/06/blms-revised-sage-grouse-plans-continue-conservation-create-uncertainty/ SPORTSMEN PACKAGE - LAME DUCK https://elknetwork.com/ask-congress-to-pass-sportsmens-package/#/25/ http://www.cahss.org/conservation-leaders-urge-congress-to-pass-sportsmens-priorities/?fbclid=IwAR2qNyhFatgPV-BC679RPloqyjH2h00NCGoBTpOGAdSedOCFYQAK7ZQsEns http://congressionalsportsmen.org/the-media-room/news/csf-asks-congressional-leaders-not-to-be-lame-ducks https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/news/alert-package-of-pro-sportsmens-bills-need-your-support/ WOTUS Rule Reform: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-propose-new-waters-united-states-definition
December 11, 2018
EP 14: President H.W. Bush Should Be Honored For His Contributions to Fishing and Conservation
In Episode 14 of District of Conservation, Gabriella touches on Bush 41's legacy with respect to conservation, environmental issues, and fishing. She also discusses why the 8-0 ruling in Weyerhaueser vs. U.S.F.W.S is a win for private property rights and conservation. She also touches upon four critical pieces of legislation awaiting passage in Congress — especially the Senate. They include the Modern Fish Act, Manage Our Wolves Act, renewing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Modernizing Pittman Robertson-Act. Link to H.W. Bush conservation legacy : https://asafishing.org/sportfishing-industry-honors-president-george-h-w-bushs-conservation-lega/ & DU statement on his passing http://www.ducks.org/press-room/news-releases/-passing-of-george-bush-a-loss-to-conservation Weyerhaueser vs. USFWS context EP5 of District of Conservation: https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/episodes/EP-5-Its-Time-to-Modernize-the-Endangered-Species-Act-e2b00b Modern Fish Act: EP 12 https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/episodes/EP-12-Allen-Luck-of-American-Sportfishing-Association-Talks-Modern-Fish-Act-Status-and-More-e2k6ud Manage Our Wolves Act: https://www.themaven.net/theresurgent/contributors/house-passes-manage-our-wolves-act-to-keep-gray-wolf-population-in-check-3unJ69rsEUqL0yGgtgxXew/ Land and Water Conservation Fund: https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/episodes/EP-3-3-Conservation-Bills-Passed-in-the-House-Last-Week-e27rft Modernizing Pittman-Robertson : https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2591
December 4, 2018
EP 13: It's #GivingTuesday: Which Groups Should Hunters, Anglers, and Gun Owners Support?
In Episode 13 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses a helpful article on which conservation groups hunters and anglers should support on #GivingTuesday and lists the best groups to support that promote true conservation efforts. Article on Charity Navigator, IRS 990 / 1040 Forms, and Foundation Money https://lustravagorvirginia.home.blog/2018/11/21/you-must-choose-but-choose-wisely/ Groups Gabriella mentioned as worthy of donating to or joining: Sportsmen's Alliance - https://www.sportsmensalliance.org/ Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - https://www.rmef.org/ NRA - https://home.nra.org/ Western Bear Foundation - http://www.westernbearfoundation.org/ National Wild Turkey Federation - http://www.nwtf.org/ Ducks Unlimited - https://www.ducks.org/ Delta Waterfowl - https://deltawaterfowl.org/ Safari Club International - https://www.safariclub.org/ Raise 'Em Outdoors - https://www.raiseemoutdoors.com/ Project Healing Waters - https://projecthealingwaters.org/ Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - http://congressionalsportsmen.org/
November 27, 2018
EP 12: Allen Luck of American Sportfishing Association Talks Modern Fish Act Status and More
In Episode 12 of District of Conservation, Gabriella is joined by Allen Luck of American Sportfishing Association live in Old Town Alexandria. Allen serves as Digital Director at the trade organization and runs their "Keep America Fishing" initiative. He also is a tournament bass angler. Allen discusses his work with ASA, discusses the status of the Modern Fish Act, talks about his recent "catch of a lifetime", why shows like Mike Iaconelli's "Fish My City" can inspire more anglers to fish in urban areas, how to continue fishing participation, and how listeners could connect with him. Learn more about ASA at https://asafishing.org/ & https://KeepAmericaFishing.org/ Follow Keep America Fishing online Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keepamericafishing/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepamericafishing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaf_fishing Follow ASA online Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASAfishing/ Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/ASAfishing/ Follow Allen online: Website: http://allenluckfishing.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/allenluckfishing YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4NtrWhIjK8lHCadollUYVQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllenLuckFishing Learn about the Modern Fish Act and its status here: https://asafishing.org/advocacy_and_policy/advocacy/modern-fish-act/
November 20, 2018
EP 11: New House Leadership Will Work Against Sportsmen's Interests
In Episode 11 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the effects of the 2018 midterm elections. She notes that Democrats who have reclaimed the House of Representatives want to pursue anti-gun legislation, but won't have it advance past their chamber. It'll die in the U.S. Senate. She notes that the new incoming Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) boasts an abysmal record on sportsmen's issues and has backing from extreme animal rights groups. She notes that NC passing the right to hunt and fish amendment is a win for conservation and that state Democrats worked actively against it. LINKS: Democrats want to push more aggressive gun control : https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-plan-to-pursue-most-aggressive-gun-control-legislation-in-decades-1541791440 Raul Grijalva to lead House Natural Resources if Democrats retake the House https://www.outsideonline.com/2357951/what-democrats-raul-grijalva-plan-do-about-zinke NC Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment https://www.themaven.net/theresurgent/contributors/north-carolina-adds-right-to-hunt-and-fish-amendment-to-state-constitution-YtXcTctu8069XrKMCf36Gw/
November 13, 2018
EP 10: Election Day Special on What Hunters, Anglers, and Gun Owners Will Likely Vote For
In Episode 10 of District of Conservation, Gabriella details whether or not hunters and anglers will be driven to vote by single issues like public lands access and red tide/toxic algae and if they will break political orthodoxy or not; Gabriella details her thoughts on the North Dakota Democrat Party's awful ads targeting hunters and scaring them about voting today; and Gabriella details why North Carolina residents should vote and support the right to hunt and fish (RTHF) amendment against arguments opposing it. Links for discussion: North Dakota Ad: https://www.nrahlf.org/articles/2018/11/4/north-dakota-democrats-try-to-suppress-hunters-votes/ NC Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment For: https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article220949245.html Against: https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article220895360.html
November 6, 2018
EP 9: I Was One of 245 Americans Who Participated in TIME's "Guns in America" Cover
In Episode 9 of District of Conservation, Gabriella gives a brief overview of her experience participating in TIME Magazine's "Guns in America" cover: http://time.com/guns-in-america/ She also discusses the appointment of Aurelia Skipwith to be Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Senate confirmation process that await her; new hunting license numbers showing a whopping 15.6M hunters across the U.S. bought licenses; President Trump signing the most comprehensive water infrastructure bill into law last week - especially to help with the EAA Reservoir Construction in Florida; and new updates to waterfowl and Canada goose possession limits in the Atlantic Flyway (Maryland and Virginia) set to be enacted during the 2019-2020 season. Links: DOI - USFWS Skipwith Nomination: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-applauds-president-trumps-nomination-aurelia-skipwith-be-director-us?platform=hootsuite National Hunting License Report: https://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/licenseinfo/Natl%20Hunting%20License%20Report%202018.pdf WRDA and EAA Reservoir: https://www.thefishingwire.com/releases/4044c6ec-2001-41b8-bec3-d6c1b8dc9174 Atlantic Flyway Possession Changes for 2019-2020 Season: https://deltawaterfowl.org/atlantic-flyway-goose-seasons-shortened-mallard-limits-reduced-for-2019-2020/
October 30, 2018
EP 8: Erin Crooks of Raise 'Em Outdoors
In Episode 8 of District of Conservation, Erin Crooks of Raise 'Em Outdoors joins the podcast. Erin discussed being a Virginia transplant, a recap of her 2018 kids' camps, why she wants more kids fishing/hunting, her son's anti-hunting kindergarten teacher, why we love GoWild, and more. Learn more at www.RaiseEmOutdoors.com Donate gear/tackle/apparel to REO here: https://www.raiseemoutdoors.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=58c1ba2c20099ecd41e1175f Follow Erin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erin_crooks_/ Follow REO on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raiseemoutdoors/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaiseEmOutdoors Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raiseemoutdoors/
October 24, 2018
EP 7: National Hunting & Fishing Month, Billfish Conservation, EAA Reservoir Approved, Gun Bank Bill
In Episode 7 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent trip to Florida, discusses National Hunting and Fishing Month proclamation, the implementation of the improved Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, both chambers of Congress passing water infrastructure bill that'll help Florida construct the EAA Reservoir, and why Sen. Kennedy (R-LA)'s No Red and Blue Banks Act will keep a check on banks that engage in social corporate policies that penalize law-abiding gun manufacturers and companies.
October 16, 2018
EP 6: Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation
In Episode 6 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Joe Kondelis of Western Bear Foundation. Joe serves as president and CEO of the organization, which is dedicated to the conservation of western bears like the grizzly. Joe discussed his group's mission statement, the problem with judicial review interfering with managed grizzly hunts, offers a defense of big game hunting, and discusses the future of conservation if the Endangered Species Act isn't reformed to accurately reflect the health of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem strain of grizzly bears. Learn more at www.WesternBearFoundation.org and follow them on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernbearfoundation/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westernbearfoundation/
October 9, 2018
EP 5: It's Time to Modernize the Endangered Species Act
In Episode 5 of District of Conservation, Gabriella breaks down the need to reform the ESA, discussed the Supreme Court case Weyerhaeuser v. USFWS, and several ESA reform bills - including a bill to delist the gray wolf - that passed in the House Committee on Natural Resources.
October 2, 2018
EP 4: NRA TV Host Cam Edwards Joins the Podcast
In Episode 4 of District of Conservation, NRATV host Cam Edwards joins Gabriella on the show to discuss how he got his start in media, the firearms industry, how NRA members should be more invested in nuanced gun issues, why Democrats in NRA should be embraced, and how firearms proponents can work with hunters to stop the division and fight alongside one another in critical policy/cultural battles.
September 25, 2018
EP 3: 3 Conservation Bills Passed in the House Last Week
In Episode 3, Gabriella discusses the problem with the continued halt of the managed grizzly bear hunt in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; a DOI memo which gives more power to state wildlife agencies for managing regulations; and the passage of the modernization of the Pittman-Robertson Act, Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the House Natural Resources Committee.
September 18, 2018
EP 2: Here's How My TIME Magazine Interview Went
In Episode 2, Gabriella recounts her experience interviewing with Time Magazine for their upcoming gun issue due out in late October. She also discussed the ramifications of halting of the upcoming managed grizzly hunt in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and why adding hunting/fishing opportunities on 30 more National Wildlife Refuges is a win for conservation-minded sportsmen. Tune in!
September 11, 2018
EP 1: Introduction to District of Conservation Podcast
In the first episode of District of Conservation, Gabriella outlines her hopes for the podcast and three goals she hopes to achieve with it. The first goal is to inspire other urban residents to get more people outdoors; the second goal is to help tell the stories of local DMV metro conservationists; and the third goal is to offer a nuanced, well-rounded take on public policy issues affecting the conservation space.
September 4, 2018
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