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Author and guide Pat Straub spent a couple of days on assignment in Craig, Montana for us last week. His mission: to talk with the good folks running the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Program (TRCP) and to find out what was new with the organization. For those who don’t know, TRCP is a non-profit corporation that works to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing — not an easy task in a country where perhaps 25% of the population fishes and only 10% of the population hunts. They deal with a multitude of issues, from roadless access to mining and energy development to climate change. Of new interest to anglers is their Marine Fisheries Initiativ — an effort to end the boom-and-bust cycle of commercial fisheries management — and their push for improvement of the Clean Water Act.
TRCP is also important because it takes its political “agnosticism” seriously; you’ll find just as many Republicans as Democrats and Independents donating to the cause.
Read Straub’s report on what the TRCP is doing today. Since TRCP is on top of virtually every key issue affecting anglers and hunters today, it’s a great overview of why and where all conservation non-profits need support.