The pressure on wildlife comes from a simple fact: the places people use for living and commerce are or once were the habitats of other living things.The Boone and Crockett Conservationists Program welcomes those individuals who wish to support the Boone and Crockett Club Foundation's conservation programs and activities through purely philanthropic gifts of $2,500 or more. After more than a century of identifying and resolving issues vital to the success of the North American Conservation Model your support will be not only invested wisely, but in keeping with a legacy that has defined the rules for hunting and conservation for over 100 years.
|WHY GIVE TO B&C
Stuart D. Strahl Ph.D.
Lifetime Associate #204
Boone and Crockett Conservationist #1
"As a boy I used to spend hours roaming the Boone and Crockett Club’s National Collection of Heads and Horns building at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. As I grew older, I learned that when the Collection was originally established, many people believed that the final result of civilization’s push westward across America would be the extinction of all big game. This led prominent Club Member William T. Hornaday, the first President of the New York Zoological Society and the Bronx Zoo, to dedicate the Collection of Heads and Horns to '...the vanishing big-game animals of the world.'
"Since that time, I’ve grown more familiar with the Boone and Crockett Club’s 117-year legacy in North American conservation. The role Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell and other Club members played in championing the passage of laws, founding of conservation initiatives and the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and National Forests is unparalleled in American history.
"Many of the challenges that our founders faced a century ago are still with us, and it is our responsibility to continue their work protecting and conserving our wildlife and wild places as habitat becomes more fragmented and degraded.
"I chose to make a gift to the Boone and Crockett Club Foundation as a Boone and Crockett Club Conservationist because I know that the work of the Club has never been more essential. Please join me in continuing the conservation leadership legacy started by Theodore Roosevelt more than a century ago."
FIRST FOR CONSERVATION
It’s been over 100 years since Theodore Roosevelt formed a coalition of gentlemen hunters to establish the foundations of the World’s greatest conservation system. Knowing he could not accomplish everything alone, he invited men of science, business, industry, politics, and public service to join him in forming the Boone and Crockett Club. It is in this same spirit of conservation leadership that the Boone and Crockett Club Foundation has formed the Boone and Crockett Conservationists Program.
When your legacy is the history of conservation in North America there is no greater responsibility and no challenge or task is too great in insuring that this great legacy is perpetuated. By systematically putting into place such programs as the Forest Reserves, the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, and the National Wildlife Refuge system, the Boone and Crockett Club’s members set the foundation for key agencies dedicated to the preservation and conservation of our natural resources. By helping write and pass such legislation as the Yellowstone Protection Act, Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Act, Federal Duck Stamp Program, Pittman-Robertson Act, and Lacey Acts, the Club’s members and their partners established the infrastructure, funding sources, and the laws needed to sustain the newfound concept of conservation – first defined by Club member Gifford Pinchot as “wise use without waste.” By promoting the first hunting seasons, game laws, and an ethical “fair chase” code of conduct the Club was able to appoint hunters as our first field generals for conservation. This, in turn, advanced the concept of public stewardship of our wildlife resources from which conservation as we know it today is possible.
Today, the situations and circumstances are different, but no less challenging or important. It is a symbiotic chain – a system that is not new, but one that has weakened over time. Less habitat, means less wildlife. Together they mean fewer opportunities for enjoying the outdoors, including
Once again, the Club has recognized the need for others with common interests and goals to join Boone and Crockett in its conservation leadership effort. As it has been throughout history, the Club and its members will do the heavy lifting, while being guided by our Mission and your commitment for the common good of our wildlife and wild places.
With your support the B&C Club will:
PROGRAMS FOR SPONSORSHIP
The next generation of conservation leaders is in our public schools and universities today. The Club’s conservation education programs for teachers and K-12 students are based upon the vision that citizens will treasure our shared natural and cultural heritage and become advocates for diverse wildlife, fair chase hunting, and well-informed natural resource management to sustain their quality of life. This vision is implemented through educational programs for teachers and students which build awareness, understanding and appreciation for our natural world.
Through the Boone and Crockett Club’s Endowed Chairs program, university graduate programs are dedicated to the premise that protection, careful management, and shared uses of natural resources can achieve desired social, economic, and environmental conditions without unnecessary waste or depletion. Conservation of all resources, especially in places where wildlife ties the land together and helps define the character of ecosystems is a core value of our graduate programs.
Supporting the development of new knowledge is an important element of the Boone and Crockett Club’s mission. The William I. Spencer Conservation Grants Program contributes to this goal by assisting research projects and graduate students who have chosen careers in the wildlife profession.
Defining America's Conservation Policy
The Boone and Crockett Club has always been about partnerships and collaborative efforts resulting in policies that benefit both wildlife and natural resources. The American Wildlife Conservation Partners summit was facilitated by the Boone and Crockett Club, in August 2000. This meeting, brought together the leadership of 35 wildlife organizations representing 4.5 million hunter/ conservationists and resulted in the formation of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) for the purpose of building unity, identifying key wildlife issues and developing a vision for wildlife for the 21st Century. Today this group includes more than 40 hunter/conservation organizations and our collective voice in conservation policy issues is significant and will continue to grow stronger into the future as a result of our collective efforts.
At an August 2004 press conference, Boone and Crockett member, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton carried an Executive Order from President George W. Bush calling for a President’s Partnership Conference on Wildlife Conservation. Reminiscent of the May 1908 conference hosted by President Theodore Roosevelt, the President’s Conference will provide the first venue in nearly a century to outline priority conservation needs with the Executive office. The idea for such a gathering was conceived by the Boone and Crockett Club, and then moved forward by the Club via the American Wildlife Conservation Partners.
As we look to the conservation challenges of the future, new partnerships and collaborations will be designed and facilitated by the Boone and Crockett Club to continue defining America’s conservation policy. The Club’s Conservation Leadership efforts will benefit greatly from the financial support of Boone and Crockett Conservationists and other like-minded individuals.
LEVELS OF SPONSORSHIP
Levels of Giving
Contact the Club's headquarters for additional information about the Boone and Crockett Conservationist Program.
“As an organization, the Boone and Crockett Club’s very uniqueness is what has made it so successful and has enabled it to flourish for more than a hundred years. The dedicated and personal involvement of the members in doing the work of the Club, coupled with a deep commitment to the conservation of our wildlife and a strong leadership vision, are the core values which have empowered the Club to become the principal champion of the perpetuation of our Wildlife Cultural Heritage.
That is the reason why Kathy and I have chosen to include the Boone and Crockett Club Foundation in our annual charitable gifts.”