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THE WILLIAM I. SPENCER CONSERVATION GRANTS PROGRAM:
 Investing In Excellence


Supporting the development of new knowledge is an important element of the Boone and Crockett Club’s mission.

2017 Research Theme
Chronic Wasting Disease
 

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to represent a key challenge in managing cervid populations in North America.  New evidence about prion longevity, detection of the disease in new areas, and a study indicating that macaque monkeys contracted CWD after eating meat from CWD-positive deer raises new questions about this fatal disease in cervids.  As part of the Club’s efforts to provide science-based management solutions, we are soliciting applications to fund research that addresses some critical aspect of CWD that will support management of the disease. 


The Boone and Crockett Club’s Conservation Grants Program, supported by endowments honoring conservation leaders William I. Spencer and Tim Hixon, contributes to this goal by assisting researchers or graduate students who have chosen to pursue careers in the wildlife profession. New knowledge, applied in creative ways by competent and committed professionals, is essential to the future of wildlife conservation and management. Since 1948, the Boone and Crockett Club has been investing in research and career development through its Conservation Grants Program. The early careers of some of the wildlife profession’s brightest and best were assisted by B&C conservation grants. Examples include David Mech’s early wolf and moose studies on Isle Royale, Lynn Rogers’ landmark work on black bears in Minnesota, and Maurice Hornocker’s pioneering research on mountain lions in Idaho. Today, as then, conservation grants serve the dual purpose of developing new scientific information and seeding the early careers of aspiring wildlife professionals. It does this through modest grants (usually $15,000 or less) toward selected research projects. Typically, the grants are leveraged by additional resources that the graduate students and researchers develop to support the overall program of study.

The Conservation Grants Program (formerly called Grants-in-Aid) was the Club’s sole research instrument until the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch was established in 1986 and the Boone and Crockett Club’s Professorships were established about 5 years later. The Conservation Grants Program complements these other programs, but remains unique in its wide solicitation of proposals from graduate students across the U.S. and Canada.

The Boone and Crockett Club’s Strategic Plan recognizes a 3-part goal for the program:

  • Support the Club’s mission to promote the guardianship and provident management of big game and associated wildlife in North America by funding research that will be of benefit to managers and policy-makers.
  • Complement the Club’s other research programs (Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch, Boone and Crockett Professorships) by supporting the work of others at diverse locations across North America.
  • Assist and encourage promising graduate students who have chosen careers in the wildlife profession
The Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887 for the primary purposes of halting the decline of North American big game populations and conserving their habitats. Accordingly, proposed investigations must generally be concerned with native North American big game and/or their habitat relationships. In most recent years, the Club selects a high-priority research theme and invites proposals from universities in the U.S. and Canada that have graduate programs in wildlife science or management.

See past projects and researchers for information about projects previously funded by the Boone and Crockett Club. 

 


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