Also, Rep. Mike Thompson Discusses Presidential Candidates' Conservation Values.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. –-(Ammoland.com)- Cameras rolled late last week as Donald Trump Jr., speaking on behalf of his father, and Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), serving as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton's campaign, addressed the conservation attitudes of their candidates and responded to questions from outdoor writers and editors on issues important to sportsmen.
Topics spanned public land transfer, sportsmen's access, endangered species, increasing demand on water resources, energy regulation, gun control, and fisheries management. The Q&A was moderated by Mike Toth, special projects editor at Field & Stream.
Uncut video from the forum-style meetings at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership's Western Media Summit, an invitation-only media event hosted in Fort Collins, Colo., is now live on YouTube here and here.
“This is where we've probably broken away from a lot of the traditional conservative dogma on the issue, in that we do want federal lands to remain federal. That's not to say that the states shouldn't have a larger role perhaps in managing some of those lands. I think, you know, their scientists are there, they're on the ground, they understand those issues, I think, certainly better than a lot of bureaucrats in D.C.” –Donald Trump Jr.
“[Clinton] doesn't believe we should be selling public land. She's been very straightforward about that. She gets it. She understands that not only is it important for people who hunt and fish and hike and recreate in the outdoors to have those public lands to do that, but it's important to everything else that we care about. It's important to clean air and clean water. It's important to our economy.” –Rep. Mike Thompson
Learn more about the TRCP's annual media summits here.
Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing. Ensuring sportsmen’s access to quality fish and wildlife habitat safeguards the $646-billion contribution that sportsmen make to the American economy.