At its spring meeting, the board of directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership elected David Perkins, vice chairman of The Orvis Company, to chair the TRCP board.
“As one of the only conservation groups to focus on federal policy and funding that affects millions of acres to conserve habitat and access for hunter and fishers, the TRCP has the platform to make one of the biggest differences in preserving our natural heritage,” said Perkins.
Perkins joined Orvis, the family business, in 1979 and has held numerous positions in the company. Besides his executive duties, Perkins oversees the Rod and Tackle Product Development Group and the Sporting Adventures Department. An avid fly fisherman and wing shooter, he sits on the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as well as the TRCP. He also is past chairman of the Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Fla.
“I am very proud to serve as chairman of the TRCP board,” Perkins continued. “I look forward to working with our very capable president and CEO, Whit Fosburgh, and our board to make TRCP the most valuable asset to all our conservation partners in Continue reading
The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, has been recognized by Trade Show Executive and the Trade Show News Network as one of the fastest-growing trade shows by attendance in the U.S. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show annually drawing close to 10,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community.
Trade Show Executive’s “Fastest 50″ award is determined based on growth in attendance over a two-year period of time (2010 – 2012). ICAST was ranked number nine on the list. The Trade Show News Network placed ICAST on its Top 25 Fastest-growing Shows by Attendance for 2012.
“We appreciate Trade Show Executive’s and the Trade Show News Network’s recognition of this important industry event,” said Trade Show Director Ken Andres. “This is an exciting time for recreational fishing and all outdoor sports and the event’s continued success reflects both the strength of the industry and our member companies who exhibit at the show.”
Andres further said, Continue reading
An updated rule regulating hydraulic fracturing practices on federal public lands was welcomed by the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition, which commended the Bureau of Land Management for moving forward with regulations that will improve transparency and the management of all fluids in the drilling process.
The Department of the Interior’s rule establishes safety standards for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and would update current regulations, which are more than 30 years old. The current regulations are outdated and do not address modern fracking activities, including their impacts on water quality and quantity.
“New technologies for extracting oil and gas pose new challenges for conservation of other resources on our public lands,” said Kate Zimmerman, public lands policy director for the National Wildlife Federation. “Fracking fluid waste must be properly contained and water quality must be monitored to avoid negatively impacting fish and Continue reading
Trout Unlimited’s Save Bristol Bay campaign and the Sportman’s Alliance for Alaska shared big news in late April: The American public has until May 31st to submit comments to the EPA to protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine.
Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA may call for a series of public hearings and scientific assessments to identify and estimate risks to waterways and thereby protect critical fish spawning and wildlife habitat. In April, the EPA released a revised Watershed Assessment, outlining alarming outcomes should the Pebble Mine go through as proposed. The impacts would be salient at broad ecological, cultural and economic scales. At a quick glance, the assessment noted the following: Continue reading