With Theodore Roosevelt’s vision as its inspiration, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) aims to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.
Founded in 2002, the TRCP is the largest coalition of hunting, fishing, and conservation organizations in the country, uniting and amplifying the voices of sportsmen and women by convening hunting and fishing groups, conservation organizations, and outdoor businesses to a common purpose. The organization now includes 60 partner groups, scores of businesses, and more than 100,000 individuals all united around Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. In pursuit of its work, the TRCP has earned a strong reputation for providing nonpartisan policy advocacy—in Washington D.C. and across the nation—to strengthen broad-based conservation efforts, protect wildlife and fish habitat, and ensure public access to natural resources.
Some of our signature legislative accomplishments include: permanently authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund; enacting changes to recreational fisheries management to improve habitat and species conservation; creating and expanding incentives for private landowners to open their lands to hunting and fishing; investing in conservation initiatives; and fighting to ensure that public lands remain public.
Hunters and anglers are essential to conservation.
Hunters and anglers have been the primary champions of wildlife habitat and healthy waterways since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. But with more competing demands on our natural resources than ever before, we can’t afford to take for granted what we have: A public lands network that is unparalleled in all the world, the best-managed fish and wildlife populations of any nation, and the ability for all Americans to hunt and fish, regardless of class or economic status. It is a system that benefits everyone, from sportsmen to hikers to those who simply want to drink clean water or experience wide open spaces.
TRCP CURRENT ISSUES
Habitat and Clean Water
Access means nothing without healthy habitat and clean water to support the wildlife and fish we love to pursue. We are fighting for meaningful policy change that benefits these critters, our waters, and the American landscapes that are unique in all the world.
Hunting and Fishing Access
Loss of access to the places we love to hunt and fish is one of the biggest threats to the future of conservation and our outdoor traditions. In order to guarantee quality places to hunt and fish, it is critical that we safeguard our country’s public lands legacy and the programs that incentivize boosting habitat and opening access on private lands.
Outdoor Recreation Economy
As a robust part of the $887-billion outdoor recreation economy in the U.S., hunters and anglers drive spending in local communities and fund conservation through our excise taxes and license purchases. That’s why lawmakers must prioritize investments in conservation, just as they would for other major economic sectors.
Investments in conservation are the backbone of our hunting and fishing traditions. But over the last four decades, funding for conservation as a percentage of the federal budget has been cut in half. This is the money that pays for habitat protection and improvement on Forest Service land, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management acres, and private lands enrolled in Natural Resource Conservation Service programs. Quality habitat creates quality hunting and fishing opportunities, and if this trend line continues to drop, we will lose both.
How You Can Help
You can help us advocate for solutions by getting informed and speaking out. Take action right here—it only takes a few clicks to send your lawmaker an email or tweet. And be prepared to hold them accountable for their votes. Sign up for TRCP email alerts to be the first to know about upcoming legislative debates and conservation funding battles—and what you can do to help. Then, get outside and take advantage of the conservation success we've already achieved. Take plenty of photos and share them with us @theTRCP.
If you’re able, please make a donation to support TRCP’s conservation efforts. Visit their donation page.