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District of Conservation

District of Conservation

Author: Gabriella Hoffman

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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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108 Episodes
In Episode 108 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Samantha Pedder—Director of Operations at the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports.  She previously served as the Manager of Outreach and Diversity for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Hunting Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Samantha has spent her career focusing on improving contemporary R3 practices through each of these organizations. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, a Master of Natural Resources from Utah State University and just recently finished a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Samantha is an avid hunter and angler, and a novice trapper. More and more of her time afield is being dedicated to pursuing waterfowl, however, she still annually reserves a week to spend time with family and friends pursuing white-tailed deer during Pennsylvania's rifle season. About the Council: The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports was formed by the leaders in the Conservation community to take a fresh look at the business of recruiting and retaining hunters and shooters and to develop new and sustainable strategies and tactics to solicit, engage and support these groups so vital to Conservation and America’s heritage. Sam's bio CAHSS Website R3 Follow CAHSS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 107 of District of Conservation, Gabriella traveled to the Black Hills of South Dakota to exclusively chat with Governor Kristi Noem about the annual Buffalo Roundup, her love of hunting, why conservatives should be conservationists, and more.  Here's the Gov's bio:  Governor Kristi Noem is a wife, a mother, and a lifelong rancher, farmer and small business owner. In 2010, after serving in the South Dakota legislature for several years, Noem was elected to serve as South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, in addition to many other successes, Governor Noem helped pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which put $2,400 back in the pockets of the average South Dakota family. In 2018, with the platform of protecting South Dakotans against tax increases, government growth, federal intrusion, and government secrecy, she was elected as South Dakota's first-ever female Governor. As Governor, Noem has respected the rights of her people by trusting them to exercise their personal responsibility to make the best decisions for themselves, their loved-ones, and – in turn – their communities. This approach has been most evident in her response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Governor Noem never ordered a single business or church to close and never issued a statewide shelter-in-place order. Despite all of this, Governor Noem often says that her greatest accomplishment is raising her three children, Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker, with her husband Bryon. All have a deep love for their family and an even deeper love for the Lord. ### Buffalo Roundup Viral Hunting-Covid Video Follow the Governor on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 106 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Bill Cooksey. Bill is a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator at Vanishing Paradise, a project of National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited started in 2009 to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta. From meeting with legislators at the state Capitol to connecting outdoor industry leaders to the conservation movement, they are educating on the issue of coastal restoration in duck blinds, out on the water and in D.C. — and everywhere in between. Bill and Gabriella were connected by a mutual friend and past guest of the podcast, Travis Thompson. Bill came on to discuss his background—from migrating from the private sector/outdoor industry to the outdoor nonprofit realm, the importance of lobbying (advocacy) lawmakers, the big role sportsmen and women play in environmentalism, and much more.  Subscribe to the podcast.  Learn more about Vanishing Paradise. Connect with Bill on Facebook and Instagram. --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 105 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Michael Shellenberger—bestselling author and founder & president of Environmental Progress.   Shellenberger came on to discuss his book, Apocalypse Never, his work with Environmental Progress, why he changed his mind on renewable energy, why he advocates for nuclear energy, the truth about wildfires out West and what the future of environmentalism looks like.   Subscribe to the podcast.  Environmental Progress Website.  Follow Mike on Twitter.    Buy Apocalypse Now Get tickets for Climate Hustle 2. --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 104 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discussed four key policy updates across the environmental and conservation space. ENVIRONMENT: Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) being praised by environmentalists for Superfund Clean-up and the establishment of the new Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains to address abandoned mines and clean-up.  CONSERVATION: The news that USFWS will fully delist the biologically recovered gray wolf in the Lower-48 by year's end and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works deliberated S. 614 (Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2019).  ### Subscribe to District of Conservation.  Chip in to support the podcast and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 103 of District of Conservation, Gabriella compares the 2020 candidates on the issues of Second Amendment rights, hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, land management, public lands access, and more. She dissects and assesses Joe Biden's proposals on firearms and conservation issues against President Donald Trump's record. Is it better? Is Trump terrible on public lands issues and the environment as reported? Is Biden offering something new or largely borrowing from the Trump Administration?  You, the listener, can decide for yourself.  SHOW NOTES Sportsmen for Trump vs Sportsmen for Biden & alleged Trump failures regarding sportsmen and women Biden on guns December 2016  lead tackle ban on USFWS lands (Obama-Biden) Trump awarding $320M to  Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (February 2020) Trump awards $250M to Everglades Restoration Trump on wildlife corridors Trump DOI announces $130 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects  Trump signed GAOA into law Trump Interior news and accomplishments Trump signs Modern Fish Act  Recreational anglers happy with Trump administration 2013 Biden Interview on MSNBC 2013 Biden Interview in Field & Stream Obama-Biden cut CWD funding in 2015 --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 102 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent red drum fishing trip with Captain Joshua Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing. Josh launched his fishing charter in 2014. During season, he splits his time between Hampton, Virginia, in the Peninsula and his home base of Kilmarnock in Northern Neck.  Although she hooked-up a bull red and it got away, there's still many a fish tale to tell. Josh worked very hard to help put Gabriella on the board and the fish didn't cooperate, despite having success catching them earlier in the week. But guess what? That's okay. Anglers must celebrate both the victories and missed catches. That's what fishing is all about, after all!  She brought Josh on the podcast to share his story, the inspiration behind his business, what makes the fishery in the Lower Chesapeake Bay unique, working with Green Top Hunt Fish, the status of small fishing operators, how to support them despite COVID, and how to fish with him.  Get to know Capt. Josh and book a charter with him! Meet Captain Josh Saunders Peake Tide Fishing Website + Pricing Follow Peake Tide on Facebook Follow Peake Tide on Instagram --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 101 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with former journalist and outdoor content creator Jenny Anderson, who runs the Girl from 10,000 Lakes blog. Jenny was born in Korea and immigrated to the USA as a child. She also serves as a WSI Sports pro staffer (like our host). She talked about her journey in the outdoor industry and what makes her tick. She chatted how she picked up fishing and most recently hunting on her own since she didn’t grow up with these activities. You don't want to miss this convo!  Girl From 10,000 Lakes Website  Meet Jenny  Follow Jenny on Facebook  Follow Jenny on Instagram  Follow Jenny on Twitter --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 100 of District of Conservation, Gabriella expressed her gratitude to listeners, clarified the mission of the podcast, and previewed what people can expect in Season 3, which will debut on September 8th.  Leave a review for District of Conservation Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 99 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Center for Sportfishing Policy president Jeff Angers. Here's more about the organization:  The Center for Sportfishing Policy’s role is to affect public policy related to the conservation of marine resources with broad abilities to pursue political solutions. The organization is non-partisan and focuses on having an impact in the national political arena, principally Congress and federal regulatory agencies. The Center is organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code; accordingly, donations are not tax deductible. Additionally, the Center has established the Center for Sportfishing Policy Political Action Committee (Center PAC), so that its members can fully participate in elective politics. The Center and Center PAC work to elect candidates to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who support marine conservation. Show Notes:  DOI opened largest public area to fishing and hunting Dem 2020 platform on 30 by 2030 (pg. 56): "Democrats will protect wildlife habitats and biodiversity, slow extinction rates, and grow America’s natural carbon sinks by conserving 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030." CSP Website, Facebook, and Twitter Economic impact of recreational anglers AB 3030 Modern Fish Act Drop-down/descending devices --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 98 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) of Virginia's 1st Congressional District.  Serving the First Congressional District of Virginia since 2007, Rob has been focused on strengthening our military and supporting veterans, promoting economic development through fiscal responsibility, fixing our crumbling infrastructure, increasing access to high-speed internet, and promoting workforce development through Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. In the U.S. Congress, Rob serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is well-positioned to represent the needs of Virginia's First District.  He has quickly earned a reputation for being an advocate for our men and women in uniform and for being a champion of the Chesapeake Bay. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob brings his professional expertise in water quality, fisheries, and other natural resource issues. He is a champion of the Chesapeake Bay -- for its environmental and economic attributes -- and has introduced legislation that will increase the accountability and effectiveness of cleaning up the Bay. He serves as co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus, which brings Bay issues into focus for Members of Congress. He was re-elected for his sixth full term in the House of Representatives in November 2018 and for more than 20 years, Rob has served in several levels of government, from Montross Town Council to United States Congress. Rob won his first campaign for public office in 1986 when he was elected to the Montross Town Council, where he served for 10 years, four of them as Mayor. In 1995, Rob was elected to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors and was elected its Chairman in 2003. In 2005, voters in the 99th Legislative District elected Rob to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2007. Prior to his election to Congress, Rob spent 26 years working in state government, most recently as Field Director for the Virginia Health Department's Division of Shellfish Sanitation. Earlier, he worked for many years as an environmental health specialist for local health departments in Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech. Wittman's Congressional Website Congressman Wittman on Facebook Congressman Wittman on Instagram Congressman Wittman on Twitter District of Conservation is powered by CFACT.  --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 97 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke to Henry and Lakeisha Woodard of HALO Chronicles. The Woodards reside in NW Mississippi with their four children and love to fish and hunt.   "H.A.L.O." is an acronym for Henry and Lakeisha Outdoors.  Henry and Lakeisha Woodard of H.A.L.O. Chronicles are God-fearing, family-oriented, Mississippi Shuffling, avid hunters who suffer occasionally from buck fever and the turkey pox!   Different organizations across the outdoor industry and even advocacy have partnered with this lovely husband and wife duo — including Mossy Oak, Winchester, Lacrosse, Hunter Nation, TPUSA, and others. They were recently featured in promotional materials for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and interviewed by Business Insider.    HALO Chronicles Website Follow on Facebook Follow on Instagram Follow on Twitter Follow on YouTube --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 96 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with a fellow but unrelated Hoffman—"Nick's Wild Ride" star and country music artist, Nick Hoffman!  Nick Hoffman is an award-winning country music artist whose passion for travel and the outdoors takes him to the world’s most interesting places. After 12 years as the fiddle player in country music star Kenny Chesney’s Band, he struck out on his own and scored two hit songs with country trio “THE FARM”. Now, Nick’s Wild Ride, shows people a side of Nick Hoffman they’ve never seen. Part traveler, part hunter, part historian, with some party-guy sprinkled in, you never know what he’ll do next.  Nick's Wild Ride, with host Nick Hoffman, takes viewers on a unique journey as Nick digs deep into the food, culture, music, history, and heartbeat of a location as he hunts and fishes.     Nick's Wild Ride has won critical acclaim for its distinctive entertaining style and dynamic pace.  Season 1 was nominated for 3 coveted Outdoor Sportsman ("Golden Moose") Awards  in 2016 and won 3 Telly Awards in the categories of Travel/Tourism, Culture & Lifestyle, and Activism for Short Form for Nick Hoffman's work to spread the message on African Conservation.  In 2017, the success of Season 2 of Nick's Wild Ride positioned the show as one of the best-rated programs on the Outdoor Channel and produced another 4 nominations for excellence at the 18th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards and his first win after taking the "Golden Moose" home for "Best Conservation" for his work in Africa.   Season 2 of Nick's Wild Ride won an amazing 7 Telly Awards including taking home awards in the categories of Travel/Tourism, Culture & Lifestyle, and Religious Spiritual for his episode on the culture of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.   In 2019, another 4 Telly awards, and the POMA PINNACLE AWARDS for Excellence in Broadcasting were added to the impressive list of accolades that Nick's Wild Ride has accumulated in its 4 Seasons. Season 5 will drop this fall. Nick's Wild Ride Nick's Website Nick's Facebook Nick's Instagram Nick's Twitter --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 95 of District of Conservation, Gabriella chats with Chef Andrew Gruel.  Chef Andrew Gruel is currently the Founder and Executive Chef of Slapfish Restaurant, the award-winning food truck turned international brick and mortar, based out of Huntington Beach, CA. Chef Gruel’s goal is to make “seafood sexy again.”   Slapfish was established in 2011 by Chef Andrew Gruel as a food truck in California, focused on serving fresh, honest seafood. The concept has since become the fastest growing fast-casual seafood restaurant in North America, with over 20 brick-and-mortar locations and more than 150 in development. Known for its emphasis on sustainability and conservation, Slapfish is on a mission to, “make seafood sexy again,” at an affordable price. The brand has been featured on Food Network, PBS and Food & Wine, just to name a few. For more information about Slapfish, visit  Gruel’s first TV appearance was in 2007 on the BBC program The Endless Feast in 2007. Among multiple TV appearances he’s made, the chef has served as a judge on the Food Network’s Food Truck Face Off in 2014, and hosted the reality TV show Say It To My Face! On FYI.    His is the co-host of The SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA, which launched in 2012   Chef Gruel's Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Slapfish Website Facebook Instagram Twitter --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 94 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).  U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the junior senator from Colorado and chief architect of the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, sits down with our host to update viewers and listeners about the campaign, how he got the Great American Outdoors Act across the finish line, if conservatives/Republicans can be conservationists, how the relocation of Bureau of Land Management from DC to Grand Junction is going, his favorite outdoor setting, and more. Watch the interview on YouTube.  Learn more about Senator Gardner's re-election campaign here. Follow the Senator on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 93 of District of Conservation, Gabriella spoke with Aoibheann Cline and Ellary Tucker Williams of Congressional Sportsmen Foundation. You don't want to miss this girl-power episode. The ladies spoke about the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, the problem of 30x30 legislation, AB 3030, the Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume VI report, their bipartisan work, how to get women in the outdoors, and much more. Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, working closely with CSF, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers. CSF’s stature as the sportsmen’s leader on policy issues has steadily grown through active involvement within the hunting and fishing conservation community, including staff leadership and engagement in the American Wildlife Conservation Partners, Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, and the Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife at the national level, and Families Afield and the Sunday Hunting Coalition at the state level. Additionally, CSF is represented on federally chartered advisory councils (FACs) dealing with hunting, recreational fishing, and wildlife management: the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council, the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee, The Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council, and the Marine Protected Areas FAC. District of Conservation is now powered by CFACT. ### CSF Website | CSF Facebook | CSF Instagram | CSF Twitter --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 92 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses two interesting updates on the conservation front. First, the fanfare associated with Mountain Dew's new "Out Here It's DEW" campaign, which has closed on account of 5,000 people applying (WOW). Second, she discussed the new $1 billion salmon farm operation coming to Maryland's Eastern Shore starting 2021. District of Conservation is now powered by CFACT.  SHOW NOTES:  Mountain Dew 'Out Here It's DEW' campaign & Forbes Article on it Chesapeake Bay Magazine Article on New Salmon Farm --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 91 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Jonathan Wood of Pacific Legal Foundation. Jonathan spoke about his work, recent PLF legal victories, the need to modernize the Endangered Species Act, how the EAJA is abused by preservationist/radical environmental groups, how the future of environmentalism is in free enterprise, and much more.  District of Conservation is now powered by CFACT.  SHOW NOTES:  Jonathan's Biography Jonathan's Twitter Jonathan's Work with PERC Pacific Legal Foundation Website PLF Facebook PLF Twitter PLF YouTube --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 90 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three topics: the State Department allowing exports of suppressors abroad, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against true conservation stakeholders with respect to GYE grizzly, and why we should get excited about ICAST 2020 online this week.  SHOW NOTES:  NSSF praises State Department rule; as does the American Suppressor Association ; DDTC update GYE 9th Circuit Update (NYT version) ICAST 2020 Online --- Support this podcast:
In Episode 89 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses what's happening in Virginia on the conservation front.  VDGIF is now the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources We're getting an elk tag — it's now law Despite winning at the Supreme Court, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is canceled Gun sales top 81,000 in June in Virginia.  SHOW NOTES/EXTRAS:  YouTube video on Shenandoah National Park visit On the Run w/ Remso Martinez --- Support this podcast:
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