Thanks to Mark Williams for submitting his photo. We’re sending him a TRCP hat. “My son Mike and I enjoying a little fishing; both my boys turned out to be good men and avid hunters and fishermen,” Williams said. Send us your hunting and fishing shots and you could win a prize from the TRCP. Submit them on the TRCP Facebook page or e-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born Oct. 27, 1858, Theodore Roosevelt created enough federal wildlife reservations, national game preserves, national forests, national parks and national monuments in his lifetime to conserve 234 million acres of wild America.
A man of deep convictions and above all a man of action, Roosevelt had the foresight to take on the issues still so significant to sportsmen today, understanding that if we want to ensure that critical fish and wildlife habitat, special hunting grounds and secret fishing holes will be around for future generations, we must act now.
In the spirit of T.R., on this, his 152nd birthday, take action on the conservation issues that matter the most to you. The TRCP is working every day to sustain our nation’s irreplaceable outdoor heritage. Your help can guarantee that all Americans have access to high-quality places to hunt and fish – now and forever.
Congratulations to Gary Martzahl of Kaukauna, Wis., for answering last month’s question correctly.
The question was, before departing for Cuba in 1898 to lead the Rough Riders, T.R. had his lieutenant colonel’s uniform tailored by a pair of famous tailors.
Name the tailors.
The answer: Brooks Brothers
When my oldest daughter Aubrey was about 10 years old we went on her first duck hunt. It was early in the season, and the ducks were few, fast and far. Aubrey kept asking if she could shoot one of the coots that frequently presented an easy shot. After refusing several times I relented, half hoping she’d miss. She didn’t, and I learned that grilled coot, wrapped in plenty of bacon, is, well, edible. When my younger daughter Lauren was 14, we went on her first deer hunt. While she didn’t kill one that year, we had the excitement of close encounters with deer. The time we spent sitting, watching, eating apples and talking that fall is still a vivid heart-treasure to me all these years later.
Q: What led you to your career in conservation?
My parents and grandparents made sure I had ready access to hunting and fishing. Dad was a wildlife professional, and Granddad was a rancher and farmer. My childhood was spent in the deserts and mountains of Arizona and on my granddad’s land in Kansas. I had abundant access to wild places, and the Daisy Red Ryder my mom and dad gave me for my ninth Christmas let me collect and study countless song birds, lizards and frogs. These experiences remain among the most powerful influences on my life.
Q: How did you get involved with the TRCP?
I first learned of the TRCP when I was a field representative for the Wildlife Management Institute. The TRCP seemed like the perfect complement to the science and policy work that WMI, TNC and other long-standing conservation organizations and agencies were doing. The TRCP’s grassroots advocacy for sportsmen and sound wildlife conservation policy attracted my interest in the organization.
Q: What do you think are the most important conservation issues facing sportsmen today?
Declining awareness of, experiences in and passion for the natural world among young people threaten wildlife and hunting more than any other factor – except perhaps global population growth. More immediate threats such as unbridled energy and transmission development and diminished access to hunting lands must be addressed as well.
Q: What are your hopes for the future of the TRCP, and how can the Nature Conservancy work with us to accomplish these goals?
We need to have the TRCP and its partners function effectively in arenas of policy and economics. Sportsmen’s organizations continue to be powerful and credible forces, and their influence needs to be focused on major long-term challenges without losing focus on the day-to-day importance of restoring habitats and access to wild lands. Sportsmen and -women with a passion for the wild outdoors must share their experiences with young people.