District of Conservation

District of Conservation

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.... Show More

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July 6, 2020 14 min

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

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  • YouTube video on Shenandoah National Park visit
  • On the Run w/ Rem...
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    In Episode 88 of District of Conservation, Gabriella ventured next door to West Virginia to the town of Cabins to experience Smoke Hole Outfitters and all the fishing it had to offer. She spoke to Rachelle Hedrick, who co-manages the outfitting operation of Smoke Hole Resort, Smoke Hole Outfitters, alongside her husband, Josh Hedrick. You'll learn about her story and her work in the outdoor industry. 

    SHOW NOTES: 

    Rachelle'...

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    In Episode 87 of District of Conservation, Gabriella Hoffman discusses two newsworthy items: the #canceling of President Theodore Roosevelt (?!) and why listeners should watch Yellowstone on Paramount TV Sunday at 9pm ET.  


    SHOT NOTES: 

    NYT Story and Quotes from American Museum of Natural History & TR descendent

    CBS article I mentioned

    Yellowstone S3 on Paramount Network

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    In Episode 86 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses three important updates. First, being the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Atlantic Cost Pipeline. Second, the new U.S. Forest Service rule to allow more balanced use on USFS lands. And the third update on the newly-launched Discover Boating x TakeMeFishing campaign 'Get On Board' out today. 


    SHOW NOTES: 

    SCOTUS Majority Opinion

    AP article on SCOTUS ruling

    ACP'...

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    In Episode 85 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviewed Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon about her newly-launched Wyoming Hunter Initiative—a program geared towards ending childhood hunger. A component of her initiative, believe it or not, gives hunters the ability to donate their food through the program's 'Food from the Field' facet. Here's more about this new component from the No Hunter Wyo website: ...

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    In Episode 84 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses the history behind Great Outdoors Month and how nature can heal a hurting nation. Plus, a breakdown of the Great American Outdoors Act and some reading of reviews. 

    *Show Notes*

    Great Outdoors Month Proclamation

    Great Outdoors Month Townhall Column - Use code HOFFMAN to access it.

    Great American Outdoors Act

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    In Episode 83 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses why she's taking the #ResponsibleRecreation pledge. It's a challenge started by Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership with backing from National Wild Turkey Federation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 

    Here are the six principles: 

  • Plan ahead; purchase...
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    In Episode 82 of District of Conservation, Gabriella's dad Boris returns to the podcast to share where he is on his hunting journey. He updates listeners, talks about the importance of spending time outdoors, why he's excited to experiment with Hi-Mountain Seasonings, and what their upcoming fishing trips look like once the Virginia lockdown is up in a few weeks.

    Show Notes

    Dad Interview 1 & Dad Interview 2

    IHEA Hunters...

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    In Episode 81 of District of Conservation, host Gabriella Hoffman chats with Dianna Muller, competitive shooter and founder of The DC Project. The D.C. Project comprises women from all 50 states meeting their legislators in Washington, D.C. as firearm owners and 2nd Amendment supporters. The 2nd Amendment should not be a partisan issue and our goal is to take every member of congress to the range and educate them on firearms safety...

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    In Episode 80 of District of Conservation, Gabriella caught up with Orvis Arlington store manager and Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders president Art Noglak to get the latest on fly fishing in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area. 

    Here's what Art discussed: 

  • His background and how he came into fly fishing
  • Running Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders
  • Managing the Orvis Arlington shop
  • Why fly fishing shouldn't be intimidating
  • The effort to save Fletch...
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    In Episode 79 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Katie Pavlich. Katie is an award-winning and New York Times bestseller author, Fox News Contributor, and Townhall.com Editor. She's also an avid outdoors woman, gun owner, and hunter.  Katie is the award winning author of Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women (Threshold Editions 2014) and the New York Times Best Seller Fast and Furio...
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    In Episode 78 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews WSI Sports co-owner and operations manager Priscilla Magana-Wiens. Priscilla talks about the company, how they converted their business operations in two weeks to meet coronavirus challenges head-on, what they're manufacturing for first responders and medical personnel, and how listeners can support their efforts. 

    WSI Sports website: https://wsisports.com/

    Follow ...

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    April 6, 2020 39 min
    In Episode 77 of District of Conservation, host Gabriella Hoffman interviews Abby Casey of AC Outdoors. Abby isn't your typical outdoor influencer. She began her career in the outdoor industry at Realtree Outdoors, went to host a program on the popular channel Rated Red, and now works with brands like Browning Arms and Airgun Depot as an Outdoor Lifestyle Specialist. This jill-of-all-trades almost reached the Olympics, won the ...
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    In Episode 76 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses her thoughts on the 'Tiger King' documentary from a wildlife conservationist standpoint and why it's good news the Department of Homeland Security listed firearms manufacturers and ammunition companies as "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" businesses. 

    SHOW NOTES: 

    Tiger King 

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acTdxsoa428

    Joe Exotic'...

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    In Episode 75 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses some good conservation news—meant to combat coronavirus news. The five items were: 

    1) Department of Interior announced sportsmen and women pumped back nearly $1B into conservation funding last year https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/sportsmen-and-sportswomen-generate-nearly-1-billion-conservation-funding

    2) NPS https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/national-park-service-to-temp...

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    In Episode 74 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses ways to practice social distancing in The Great Outdoors and how to heed caution from state wildlife agencies and be aware of any closures in your state(s). She also discussed the Great American Outdoors Act (to permanently & fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund + address $12-18B National Park Service backlog), and the MAPLand Act. 


    SHOW NOTES: 

    NPS Soci...

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    In Episode 73 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Hannah Downey from the Bozeman, MT-based  Property and Environment Research Center. Hannah serves as their Policy Director. They touched upon a multitude of subjects , ranging from finding market solutions to environmental problems to the status of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), in this 20-minute segment. 


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  • Hannah's Biography: https:/...
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    In Episode 72 of District of Conservation, Gabriella interviews Travis Thompson of Cast & Blast Florida podcast. Travis is also a waterfowl & fishing guide. They touched upon Florida wildlife, an update on the Everglades, why nuance matters in conservation public policy debates, and other fun topics. 


    SHOW NOTES: 

    Travis' bio: https://castandblastfl.com/meet-the-crew/travis-thompson/

    Find Travis on Facebook: https://ww...

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    In Episode 71, Gabriella begins with a call-to-action to encourage listeners to get more women fishing, hunting, and partaking in shooting sports this International Women's Day on March 8th. She also discusses the confirmation of Kate MacGregor as the new Deputy Interior Secretary, a House bill to delist the gray wolf, and one Virginia school district offering free & optional hunter-safety courses this fall. SHOW NOTES:  DO...
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    In Episode 70 of District of Conservation, Gabriella gives an update on her wild hog harvest from October and encourages listeners attending CPAC this week to come talk about conservation at the CFACT booth. She also previewed her upcoming interview on Cast & Blast FL Podcast with co-host Travis Thompson, which will be recorded later today. Don't miss it!


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