Bass Pro Shops named Whit Fosburgh of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Jeff Crane of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation as its 2014 conservation partners of the year.
Fosburgh was recognized for the Roosevelt partnership’s effort to guarantee American sportsmen access to quality places to hunt and fish by uniting and amplifying its partners’ voices to strengthen federal policy and funding. In 2014, Bass said, the partnership’s impact was felt as it worked to ensure that recreational saltwater anglers were well represented amid efforts in Congress to revise the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the law that governs the country’s marine resources.
“Whit Fosburgh and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership are so deserving of recognition, and all of us at Bass Pro Shops are honored to be their partner,” Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO Johnny Morris said in a statement. “They are a leader in the conservation world, able to bring together their many partners to identify shared areas of concern so they can work on those conservation priorities.”
A major undertaking for the Roosevelt partnership in 2014 was its leadership role in assembling an expert panel of state and federal agency administrators, researchers, industry representatives and economists to promote a proactive vision for saltwater fisheries management, Bass said.
The Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, co-chaired by Morris and Maverick Boats president Scott Deal released A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries. The report identifies six key policies that would conserve marine fishing resources while producing the full range of saltwater recreational fishing's economic, social and conservation benefits.
Crane was honored for the foundation’s work with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting and angling and conserve the country’s fish and wildlife resources.
“All of us at Bass Pro Shops are proud to recognize Jeff Crane for everything his organization has done to champion legislation that benefits conservation and our outdoor traditions,” Morris said. “The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is one of the foremost organizations for making sure the sportsman’s voice is heard on Capitol Hill, as well as state capitols across the country.”
The foundation works with the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, which Bass said is one of the largest and most effective caucuses in Congress. Bass said the caucus has nearly 300 members from the House and Senate that represent almost all 50 states.