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Message from the Chairman Featured Rough Rider
The TRCP’s Rough Riders are a select group of passionate individuals determined to demand proper stewardship of
our natural resources, who have invested in this vision for the future with financial contributions of $500 or more.

In Ways Beneficial plane, just the four of us with a raft and a canoe and no guide,
and were picked up five days later. It was amazing. We floated
While the outcome of the November elections is an unknown, change is a certainty. No matter who or what by moose, were chased by bears, caught trout and salmon and,
party carries the day on Nov. 4, there will be profound implications for the future of hunting, fishing and when we got tired of eating fish, shot ducks. I will never forget
conservation in this country. that trip.

Consider the recent fracas that followed the Farm Bill. Upon getting through the multi-year slog that pro- What do you think are our most pressing conservation
duced a sturdy if not fantastic Conservation Title, the most effective program in it, the Conservation Reserve issues today?
Program, faced another imminent threat. Using the recent catastrophic flooding in the Midwest as cover, The loss of wildlife habitat and open lands for wildlife.
opponents of CRP ramped up pressure on the Department of Agriculture to allow landowners to remove lands
Photo by from the program without penalty, essentially breaking their contracts without recompense. Such a move would What is your approach to facing conservation
have caused game bird populations to plummet and water pollution from sedimentation to increase. Damaging challenges?
enough to fish and wildlife, further cuts to CRP also would cause ripples throughout the American economy, to To get involved and support organizations that are making a
which hunting and angling are major contributors. difference in conserving the landscape.
R. THOMAS BUFFENBARGER Fortunately, we were able to help repel this threat, doing so by combining the collective muscle of our partner How did you become involved with the TRCP?
MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS organizations and persistent contact by hunters and anglers activated by our messaging. I was introduced to the TRCP by its chairman of the board,
THE FORESTLAND GROUP TRCP Farm Bill initiative manager Geoff Mullins recently mentioned to me, “As soon as we put one threat to Jim Range, whom I met while we were serving together on the
agricultural conservation to bed, another rears its ugly head.” His words were unfortunately right on. board of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
Witness Open Fields. After we fought tooth-and-nail for five years to get the Open Fields hunter access bill Why are you involved with the TRCP?
MATT HOGAN passed into law, another feat finally accomplished in the Farm Bill, there is an effort under way to leave it I started tracking what the TRCP was doing and realized
WILDLIFE AGENCIES unfunded. An amended budget under consideration would zero out the program, essentially killing the effort NAME: DAVE PERKINS that it was doing something different than other conservation
BILL HITE to promote voluntary public sporting access on private land just moments after it had finally been given life. LOCATION: MANCHESTER, VT organizations I had worked with before. With its focus on
PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS Again the TRCP sprang into action, orchestrating sign-on letters from our partners and mobilizing our grass- OCCUPATION: VICE CHAIRMAN, RETAIL & federal policies, it was working in a larger landscape than many
JAMES T. MARTIN roots ranks. We hope to make it clearly apparent to Congress, which has final say over the appropriation of the SPORTING TRADITIONS FOR THE other organizations. I realized that the federal government
necessary funds, just how damaging to America’s sporting tradition it would be to fail to fund Open Fields. ORVIS COMPANY plays an important role in conserving our wild lands, because it
BERETTA USA holds more land and has more money (our money) than anyone
J. MICHAEL NUSSMAN It is instances like these that remind me of the TRCP’s relevance. With our standing and proven-effective else, so it can have a much greater impact on conservation issues
AMERICAN SPORTFISHING ASSOCIATION channels for consensus-building through which to quickly organize, the community of American conservation- and habitat protection. I felt that I could have a greater impact
THE ORVIS COMPANY ists has been able to address these latest threats. And we all know that these won’t be the last times bad policy is personally on the issues that I care about by being involved with
MARC A. PIERCE proposed at the intersection of conservation and agriculture, nor is it the only policy sphere where bad decisions the TRCP.
threaten our wildlife heritage. We’re seeing plenty of them as we work in the areas of public lands energy devel- When and how did you become interested in
MAX MCGRAW WILDLIFE FOUNDATION opment policy, wetlands protection and oceans stewardship. the outdoors? Orvis remains a family company. What is that like?
My family has always hunted and fished. In fact, most of our Because the family has control of the business, it allows the
We also know that in response to most threats there are opportunities to improve, refocus, reshape or sometimes family outings were focused on outdoor pursuits. This all stemmed company to do the right thing. Rather than make decisions for
CITIZEN CONSERVATIONIST even expand programs in ways beneficial to our fish and wildlife resources. from my grandmother who was a great fly fisher and wing shot. short-term or immediate financial gain, we can invest in the
CITIZEN CONSERVATIONIST Finding them takes financial resources. That’s why every donation to the TRCP is an important one, and why From a very early age, I hunted and fished as part of our regular long-term for a healthy future. That is why we decided to give a
we thank you in advance for your contribution. family time together. I got my first bamboo rod and my first percentage of our profits to conservation, which is the right thing
shotgun when I was nine years old. to do from both a business and personal perspective, and also to
DUCKS UNLIMITED Sincerely, assure a healthy future for our kids and the wildlife.
DR. STEVEN A. WILLIAMS What is your most memorable experience afield?
In 1969, when I was 13 years old, I did a 5-day float trip with What is your favorite rod of all time?
P.O. BOX 14420 my father and two brothers on the Agulapak River in southwest I always like the newest Orvis rod. Right now, I am using a
WASHINGTON, DC 20044 Alaska. It was early days for Alaska’s tourist industry and things new rod that was just developed by Orvis – a Helios rod. And
202-654-4600 James D. Range
877-770-8722 were still pretty basic. We were dropped off on the river by a float particularly like the 8’3’ for the 4wt.
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Washington Watch
By Tom Franklin, TRCP Senior Vice President
Spotlight: TurnerFoundation
A n old Capitol Hill saw
says that controversial
legislation doesn’t pass in a
presidential election year. 2008
Looming on the horizon is the pressing need to work with the
new president and Congress on key issues. As we do, there is no
doubt that pressures on our fish and wildlife resources will con-
tinue to intensify as our nation’s leaders strive to meet the needs
Do you enjoy outdoor pursuits? If so, what in particular?
I do. I really love fly fishing. My mom got me interested in the sport
several years ago, and I am thrilled to see more and more women
taking it up. I helped start a group of female fly fishing funder col-
is an exception, at least for one and desires of a growing population. Our ongoing challenge at
leagues, which I have gotten a kick out of. I also enjoy bird hunting.
key bill, but others likely will the TRCP will be to garner the resources necessary to guarantee
await action from a new Con- that the needs of wildlife, hunters and anglers are included in the What do you think are our most pressing conservation
gress and president. national policy as the new president and Congress engage in the issues today?
2009 conservation debate.
One of the more contentious Climate change. While some continue to debate whether climate
farm bills in memory limped to change is real and question the severity of potential impacts, sports-
passage under a “Groundhog Day” scenario in which controversy men cannot stick their heads in the sand. From changes in migra-
tion patterns and forage availability to increased water tempera-

over funding and a paperwork error caused the legislation to be
passed twice and vetoed twice. When the last veto was finally tures, sportsmen are likely to see and feel the impacts first from our
overridden, a collective sigh of relief was heard throughout the duck blinds, our tree stands or our favorite trout stream. We all
NAME: KATIE ECKMAN need to make a personal commitment to mitigating climate change
D.C. conservation community.
LOCATION: ATLANTA, GA – but in addition, I think the voice of sportsmen will be critical as
The good news is that the “Food, Conservation and Energy Act OCCUPATION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, wildlife and habitat managers wrestle with appropriate adaptation
of 2008” extends many successful farm conservation programs, TURNER FOUNDATION strategies and the lack of funding for their implementation.
albeit at somewhat lower funding levels. One huge victory was Could you tell us a bit about the Turner Foundation?
the addition of “Open Fields,” a TRCP signature proposal. It I also feel the disconnect between people and nature is a real threat.
The Turner Foundation is a private family foundation started by How can we expect people to stand up for the environment if they
provides $50 million to landowners who offer hunting access
Ted Turner in 1990. The foundation is overseen by Mr. Turner have never experienced and developed an appreciation for the
through state programs. The Conservation Reserve Program
and his five adult children. Our mission is to prevent damage outdoors? I just finished reading Richard Louv’s Last Child in the
(CRP), the most effective private lands conservation program
to the natural systems - air, water and land - on which all life Woods. As the mother of a two-year-old, Louv’s book hit home
for wildlife in history, will continue at a reduced level. The
depends. Among other things, the Turner Foundation is currently and has made me think more about where our future stewards will
Wetlands Reserve Program, Grasslands Reserve Program and
supporting efforts to protect wildlife and wild places, mitigate come from if this disconnect continues.
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program all were extended for four
climate change and ensure clean air and water.
more years. Tax incentives for conservation easements will
continue for two more years. A major disappointment was the What is your approach to facing conservation challenges?
How did you become involved with the TRCP?
weakening of the Sodsaver provision that would protect rare na- Outlive your opponents.
The Turner Foundation was involved in early discussions
tive prairie by removing federal incentives to plow them. More realistically, recognizing and valuing the human dimension.
regarding the need for a coordinated effort to better engage and
Now that this year’s farm bill is on the books, the attention of the activate hunters and anglers in natural resource decision making. For many, conservation is not a moral imperative. You’ve got to be
TRCP has shifted to implementing the authorized conservation In partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts, we committed a salesman and figure out what is in this for everyone. Make what
Theodore Roosevelt lived in the brownstone where he significant funding up-front to meet this need with a new orga- you are doing make sense. When the economics are in your favor, use
practices. The TRCP and its partners sprung into action when was born until he was 14 years old. In 1916, the
CRP came under attack in July. Fortunately, the U.S. Depart- nization called the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. them.
house was torn down to make room for a commercial I presented this opportunity to our board, and they were excited to
ment of Agriculture decided against allowing land owners to What hopes do you have for the TRCP?
break their CRP contracts without having to pay their CRP
building. After T.R.’s death in 1919, a group of get involved.
money back. Had the decision gone the other way, it would have citizens raised money to purchase the site, tear down I hope the organization continues outreach to the millions of
the commercial building and rebuild the Roosevelt Why are you involved with the TRCP? “unaffiliated” hunters and anglers in this country. The potential to
destroyed the gains to fish and wildlife habitat paid for by U.S.
brownstone as a memorial to our 26th president. Many members of the Turner family are committed sportsmen and engage them is great if we can figure out how to do it. The TRCP’s
taxpayer dollars through CRP. While this debacle was averted,
-women with an appreciation for conservation. Their “land ethic” partnership with the unions is brilliant. I also hope the TRCP
there will be more challenges to come.  was ingrained at an early age. They recognize the incredible legacy continues to use many different strategies for having its voice heard
of environmental protection spearheaded by hunters and anglers – whether that means filing suit to stop oil and gas drilling in sensi-
and the significant opportunity to affect change if this constituen- tive habitats, using the press to communicate widely your issues or
cy’s passion can be turned into action. Our grant to the TRCP is working to find consensus within the conservation community and
the keystone of our support to conservation organizations. with our elected officials.
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Meet the Staff
mostly on the animals. Hunters and anglers represent a large
What is the best part of your job?
national voting block, and they ought to be consulted and listened
Working very closely and creatively with perhaps some of the best to when it comes to threats to hunting and fishing.
and most enthusiastic conservation-minded staff and sports-
men I have ever met, on a daily basis. The association with such The TRCP came up with the idea of asking hunters and anglers
people is inspiring and uplifting, even on the dark days when to draw the boundaries of their “bread and butter” areas on GIS
other things seem to falter. Building new and effective outreach maps provided by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife &
products and networks brings about refreshing creativity rather Parks. These are the places they will fight to the end to keep intact
than bureaucracy. Besides, working daily in the spirit of our fin- in the face of development, because they provide their best hunt-
est conservation president, Theodore Roosevelt, is an honor. ing and fishing experiences. The new GIS map layer comple-
ments critical habitat maps with the favored hunting and fishing
What goals do you have for yourself and the TRCP in areas identified by organized sportsmen
the next year? throughout Montana. This new informa-
I want to engage sportsmen in the defense of fish and wildlife and tion shows politicians and decision-makers
hunting and fishing in the face of acceleration Western oil and gas the hunting and fishing access opportunities Sportsmen identify their “bread and butter” areas at the
extraction and in proposals for climate change legislation. sportsmen value most and want retained in Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave in Whitefish, Mont.

the face of development.

NAME: WILLIAM H. GEER What would you do if you didn’t work in conservation?
JOB TITLE: POLICY INITIATIVES MANAGER Look for a job in fish and wildlife conservation. No kidding; it
HOMETOWN: SALINAS, CALIF. is where I have spent my adult career for the past 35 years and I
CURRENT TOWN: LOLO, MONT. cannot conceive of a better way to spend my life.
Can you tell us about your mapping project, how it
What did you do prior to working for the TRCP? works and how it came to be?
I spent 32 years in professional wildlife management and con- In assessing how development, such as oil and gas extraction and T.R. HUNTED MORE THAN HE FISHED.
servation before coming to the TRCP. residential home-building, affects fish and wildlife and hunting
and fishing, Steve Belinda (another TRCP initiative manager)
How did you discover the TRCP? HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT.
and I realized we were dealing with not enough information.
I used to be the director of field operations for the TRCP’s prede- We have good biological information that tells us where fish and In honor of the T.R. Sesquicentennial, the TRCP introduces
cessor, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance. wildlife are likely to be and how they might respond to habitat the Bully Bugger, a limited-edition fly from master tyer Craig
changes incident to development, but we did not know the places
When and how did you become interested in outdoor Mathews. The long-time proprietor of Blue Ribbon Flies in
sportsmen and -women have come to depend on for their best
pursuits? West Yellowstone, Mont., Mathews is a frequent contributor to
hunting and fishing opportunities. Frankly, the interests of the
I locked into the outdoors and fishing when I first became a scout conservation and sporting community have not been well repre- conservation initiatives. To cite only the most recent example,
in 1956 and began hunting in 1959 with my uncle and cousins. sented in the development process because we have often focused Mathews worked determinedly with the TRCP partners at the
I have been at it ever since. Trust for Public Land in a successful effort to preserve angler
Why do you work for the TRCP? access at the famed Three Dollar Bridge on the Madison RED FIFT
River. Now he’s teaming with the TRCP to help guarantee all HU
At this point in my professional life, I want to galvanize sports- What is the TRCP Working On?

Americans a place to hunt and fish. By making a donation of

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men and -women to speak up in the democratic defense of fish
Responsible Energy Development on Public Lands

and wildlife conservation and the perpetuation of hunting and

$150, you will receive one of only 150 Bully Buggers ever to

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fishing for the ordinary person.
 Strengthening Wetlands Protections be produced. Mounted for posterity in a handmade shadowbox

 Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change
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Portfolio – photography of Dušan Smetana
O utdoor photographer Duśan Smetana was raised in a small village in the
Carpathian Mountains, where he spent his boyhood following in the
footsteps of his father in a quest for trout, red deer and wild boar. He studied
both forestry and photography in Presov, Slovakia. Mesmerized by stories of
cowboys and Indians in the American Wild West, he eventually escaped the
Communist regime of his homeland.
Today, Dusan’s work is widely used by a host of editorial and corporate clients.
He makes his home in Montana with his wife, two little kids and a loft full of
homing pigeons (and loves it).
The TRCP has had the privilege of working with Smetana on multiple
occasions over the last few years, most notably on the 2008 and 2009 TRCP
calendars. His striking images have raised the quality of many of our communications materials, from annual
reports to the TRCP Web site. Above all we are very fortunate to have formed a friendship with Dusan Smetana,
whose quick eye is matched only by his quick smile.

In honor of Theodore Roosevelt’s 150th birthday,

this year’s calendar is called “Teddy’s Vision, Our
Mission.” Get your copy at

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Outtakes from the Open
By Ken Barrett, Host, TRCP’s Life in the Open

Chasing Chesapeake Stripers environment. Kate Cywinski would be on the women’s team to address USA and union inter-
ests. Britta Blodgett, the TRCP’s luckiest angler, and Mo Bates, the Partnership’s major domo
with TRCP Staff and head wrangler, would round out the ladies’ team. Geoff Mullins and I were the other two
boys’ team members. Geoff is plain good at everything he puts his hand to and proved to be
TRCP staff members gathered in May at the International
a quick read in his acting debut. If luck held and my storyline proceeded as I envisioned, I’d
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Worker’s Winpisinger
catch the littlest striper, proving to one and all, that hosts are not always the best anglers.
Center in Maryland, on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, for our
annual staff meeting. I knew the striper fishing would be hot A Hollywood script writer could not have been happier with the results. The girls won the
on the Chesapeake, and sensing the chance to kill two birds contest; Britta caught the whopper, followed by Kate and Mo, whose fish were bigger than
with one stone, I got on the phone with TRCP Communica- any the boys landed. Tom and Kate covered the issues perfectly. I caught the littlest fish;
tion Director Tim Zink and asked if he thought a striper show Tom and I pouted while the women did a victory dance for the camera. Stacey and his son
featuring some of our staff members might make a good story for Allen, a.k.a. Bubba, also an iron worker, were wonderful hosts, and Bubba was terrific on
TRCP’s Life in the Open. “Sure,” he replied. Without further camera. I left Maryland with a heck of a good show in the “can,” but you are going to have
ado, I began planning a show and devising a story. to take my word for it until the fall of 2009 when it will air on VERSUS. Making a show
ile Randy film
s. is just like hunting and fishing; it is always better to be lucky than good, and we certainly
Before I go any further let me say, though I always have a story- ushing the ha
ir on a lure wh
a discuss the
finer points of
br got lucky on the Chesapeake.
line in mind before departing to tape a show, Mo and Bubb
rarely if ever does the hunting or fishing go as TRCP’s Life in the Open travels the world searching for sporting adventures, while
I have envisioned it beforehand. So, like all exploring today’s pressing conservation issues. Both LITO and TRCP’s Escape to the Kate Cywinski ma
tches muscle wit
hunters and anglers, I adapt to the circum- Wild air on the VERSUS network. Rough Riders can receive complimentary copies of

stances, play the cards that are dealt and mod- the show by contacting Britta Blodgett at or 202.654.4613.
ify my story accordingly. But, every once in
a great while my preconceived storyline and
the actual hunting and/or fishing adventure
mesh perfectly, and that’s exactly what hap-
pened during the taping of the striper show
with my fellow TRCP staff members.

My storyline began with the unearth-

ing of a three-year-old email from Stacey
Witherow, a union ironworker that runs Geoff Mullins hooks
into a cow.
a charter boat out of Chesapeake Beach,
Md., inviting me to fish for stripers and tape a show on his
boat, the Mary Ellen. I called him and, much to my delight, the
invitation was still good. So now, I had a nice union member
angle to start the story with. Next, I needed an idea that would
allow me to feature a maximum number of TRCP staff mem-
bers. I wanted viewers to see that our staffers love to participate
in the kinds of outdoor activities they work on behalf of each
and every day. That’s when I came up with the idea of a fishing
contest, the men versus the women. If all went well, I wanted
the women to win, which, of course, they were sure would be the
case regardless of my plans. Tom Franklin, TRCP senior vice
president and certified wildlife biologist, would be on the men’s
team, so we would have our most knowledgeable Chesapeake The boys team wo
rking hard. the Mary Ellen at the end of the day.
their catch before disembarking
The TRCP staffers show off
spokesman to address issues related to the bay and the marine

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Behind the scenes...
The less glamorous side of television: TRCP’s
Life in the Open host Ken Barrett does the dirty
work at the dock.

Sweet and Sour Striper

• 1/2 cup olive oil
• about 10 large or 15 medium shallots -
trim, leave root end intact, and quarter lengthwise
• 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
• 1 cup white balsamic vinegar
• 2/3 cup water
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup golden raisins
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 bay leaf
• 8 (6- to 7-oz) pieces striped bass fillet (1/2 inch thick), skinned
• Chopped fennel fronds for garnish
1. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12- to 13-inch heavy skillet over moderately high
heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté shallots, stirring occasionally,
until browned and tender, roughly 8 minutes.
2. Remove shallots from heat and add wine, vinegar, water, sugar, raisins,
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and bay leaf, then simmer,
stirring occasionally, until shallots are very tender and liquid is thick and
syrupy, roughly 40 to 45 minutes. (If the liquid is reduced before the We need you ...
shallots are tender, add a bit of water and continue to simmer.)*
3. Pat the fish dry, then sprinkle with remaining salt and 1/4 teaspoon
and your friends.
pepper. Fold fillets in half, skinned side in.
4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high
heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté 4 folded fillets, turning over
once, until deep golden, about 4 to 6 minutes total. Put cooked fish (still
T.R.’s conservation legacy and the example he set have given
folded) on top of sauce in heavy skillet. Wipe out nonstick skillet and Americans the hunting and fishing opportunities that lie at the
sauté remaining fillets in remaining oil in same manner, transferring to heart of our national outdoor heritage. You can set an example
sauce. Cook, partially covered, over moderate heat until fish is just cooked by continuing your support for the TRCP and asking your
through, 2 to 3 minutes. friends to become Rough Riders, too. For more information,
5. Garnish with fennel fronds. please contact Cary Ridder, director of development, at
*The sauce can be made one day ahead and cooled completely, then chilled
202.654.4624 or
and covered. Reheat over moderate heat before cooking fish.

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