About Annie Wilson

Annie Wilson joined the TRCP in June of 2012 as the new Communications Intern. A recent graduate of Bethany College, in W.Va., she has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a specialization in digital media and journalism. Prior to joining the TRCP, Annie served as the Public Relations Intern for Montpelier: The General Henry Knox Museum, located in Thomaston, ME.

Not in the Job Description

“You want me to wake up at what time to fish?” This was the first sentence I clearly remember saying to my new boss Christen Duxbury when she told me the itinerary for the TRCP staff retreat.

I had started as the TRCP communications intern the week before, and while I grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania and loved fishing for bluegill, waking up at 4 a.m. to fish with my boss and coworkers was not my idea of fun.

The TRCP’s (from left to right) Kendra Bailey, Christen Duxbury, Annie Wilson, Michelle Dietz and Mia Sheppard at a staff retreat.

Unable to feign illness, I showed up and joined the rest of the team in the quest for stripers. And while I was not exactly bright-eyed and bushy tailed, it was my first glimpse into what I signed up for with the TRCP. The level of dedication and enthusiasm present among TRCP staff was palpable.

Some work the daily 9-5 grind to collect a paycheck – TRCP staffers work around the clock because they deeply care about their work. Each one would rather be romping around the great outdoors with a gun or a pole in hand. Instead, more than half of TRCP employees are surrounded by concrete and cubicles in Washington, D.C.  These staffers have the foresight to recognize that by coming into work every day they are helping ensure future generations of sportsmen quality places to hunt and fish – and that if they failed to show up, hunting and fishing would remain at risk.

Throughout my seven-month internship I worked with people like Brandon Helm, who watches a video of a trout stream each morning for inspiration to keep influencing policy for the benefits of sportsmen and the fish and wildlife upon which they depend. Or Duxbury, the public-lands hunting, trail-running bundle of energy who keeps the outdoor community informed about conservation policy. And Bob Hale, TRCP’s numbers man, who takes afternoon walks around the city to escape his office.

I thought I knew hunting and fishing enthusiasts growing up, but working at the TRCP revealed to me a new level of dedication. These people possess enthusiasm not just for the outdoor experience but also for the prolonged conservation and well-being of outdoor resources in this country. Working for the TRCP was an eye-opening experience, not just because of how much I learned professionally, but because the contagious passion of the staff members.

Even if they did make me get up at 4 a.m.

Editor’s note: The TRCP offers internship positions in communications and conservation policy. To learn more contact cduxbury@trcp.org or bhelm@trcp.org.

Wednesday Win: Fill in the Blank

Can you name the catalog that is featuring Mia?

Our Oregon Field Representative Mia Sheppard can be found on page 38 of ____________ Fishing Products. Name the catalog she’s featured in, and we will send you the first season of Steven Rinella’s “MeatEater.”

Send your answers to info@trcp.org or post a comment on the TRCP Blog by Friday.

 

Wednesday Win: TRCP Staff Trivia

For this week’s Wednesday Win, we’re exploring the past of one of our awesome staff. Which TRCP staff member received their Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Montana School of Forestry? Check out our staff page to look through bios and discover the answer.

Submit your answer by Friday, and we will send one lucky winner the first season of “MeatEater” featuring Steven Rinella.

 

Wednesday Win: T.R.ivia

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re recognizing our favorite sweethearts in this week’s Wednesday Win. What was the name and location of the church where Theodore Roosevelt and his second wife, Edith, were married?

Leave us a comment on the TRCP Blog, or email your answers to info@trcp.org by Friday for your chance to win a copy of the first season of the Sportsmen Channel’s “MeatEater” featuring Steven Rinella.

Wednesday Win: T.R.ivia

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Archie Roosevelt was not feeling well, so his brother Quentin decided to take his pony up to Archie’s room, via the White House elevator, to make him feel better. What was the name of the pony?

Leave us a comment on the TRCP Blog, or email your answers to info@trcp.org by Friday for your chance to win a copy of the first season of the Sportsmen Channel’s “MeatEater” featuring Steven Rinella.

Visit the TRCP at Sporting Shows Across the West

TRPC’s Western Outreach Director Neil Thagard speaking about the Sportsman Values Mapping Project.

Join the TRCP in celebrating our outdoor traditions during show season this year. Check out the list of outdoor expositions that TRCP staff members will be attending in the next few months. We hope to see you in the crowd!

January

Denver International Sportsmen’s Exposition

Jan. 17-20

Denver, Colo.

 

The Wild Sheep Foundation’s Sheep Show

Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Reno, Nev.

 

February

Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show

Feb. 6-10

Portland, Ore.

 

Western Hunting and Conservation Exposition

Feb. 21-24

Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Camp

Feb. 28-March 3

Reno, Nev.

 

March

Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show

March 7-10

Bend, Ore.

 

If you want to get in touch with the TRCP at one of these shows, email info@trcp.org. What shows are you attending this season?

Don’t Miss the TRCP at SHOT Show

The TRCP staff can be found at the SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show) and we’re hoping to see you there. The SHOT show is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries.. The TRCP’s President and CEO Whit Fosburgh, Development and Marketing Director Meg McKinnon, Media Relations Director Katie McKalip and Center for Western Lands Director Joel Webster are all attending the show. Here’s what they are up to:

  • Fosburgh and McKinnon are meeting with corporate sponsors, partners and supporters throughout the show.
  • McKalip is convening a communications gathering for professionals in the sportsman-conservation community to discuss tactics and strategies for communicating in 2013.
  • Webster is presenting on a panel discussing roadless area hunting tactics.

If you are attending SHOT Show and interested in meeting up with a member of the TRCP, please email us at info@trcp.org.

Find out where you can meet other TRCP staff members during the upcoming sporting show season.

Wednesday Win: Photo Caption

For this week’s “Wednesday Win,” we’re going back to our roots. Leave a comment on the blow photo of TRCP’s co-founder and compass, Jim Range, and we’ll pick our favorite on Friday. The winner will receive a TRCP camo hat.

Photo by Steve Belinda.

Wednesday Win: T.R.ivia

Photo courtesy of Harvard Library.

While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wis. Theodore Roosevelt was was shot in the chest before a scheduled speech. Roosevelt continued on to give an hour speech, with the bullet still in his body, before being rushed to the hospital.

What was the name of the man who shot Roosevelt?

Send your answer to info@trcp.org or submit it on the TRCP Facebook page by Friday morning for your chance to win a TRCP hat.

Wednesday Win: Throwback Photo Caption

For this week’s Wednesday Win, we’re using a throwback photo from Joel Webster, TRCP’s Center for Western Lands Director. Leave a comment and we’ll pick a winner on Friday, Dec. 14. The victor will receive a TRCP camo hat.