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MEDIA ALERT: Leaders of Massive New Conservation Coalition Address New Economic Report and Immediate Conservation Funding Crossroads in Congress

Presented Monday October 31 by "America's Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation" at The National Press Club–Call-In For Media Available

MEDIA ALERT: Theodore Roosevelt IV and CEO's of The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Wilderness Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Other Leaders of Massive New Conservation Coalition Address New Economic Report and Immediate Conservation Funding Crossroads in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 26, 2011)—
With Congress currently making decisions regarding critical funding for programs vital to natural resource conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation in America, a major new diverse national coalition is bringing together top leaders to highlight an eye-opening new economic report and make the case for continued investments in proven federal programs.

Monday, October 31 at 2 p.m. Eastern "America's Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation" (AVCRP) will host a forum for members of the national news media to attend in Washington at the National Press Club, or join by phone, to examine findings from a major new economic report and to hear the perspectives of national leaders from the country's biggest conservation, environmental, outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing and historic preservation groups. AVCRP is a coalition of almost 1,000 organizations and businesses representing tens of millions of citizens with diverse political backgrounds who have united in support of conservation, recreation and preservation programs as a means to sustain and create jobs and improve the economy. For copy of letter AVCRP sent to Congress and current list of groups in coalition, click here

American conservation leader Theodore Roosevelt IV will be on hand to offer his perspective on the need for long range foresight when it comes to budgeting decisions currently being made on Capitol Hill. Leaders of the AVCRP will talk about specific programs and the findings of a new economic study titled "The Economics Associated with Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources Conservation and Historic Preservation in the United States." The report by Southwick and Associates was released this month and was commissioned by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It casts light on the huge stakes associated with continued federal investments that are leveraged and matched with private funds. To view the report, click here.

The study is packed with compelling information built around these top-line numbers reflecting the combined value of outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation and historic preservation:
  • 9.4 million American jobs
  • $1.06 trillion in total economic impact
  • $107 billion annually generated in tax revenue
Additional speakers will include Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited and former Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, Bill Meadows, President of the Wilderness Society and Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Several other leaders will be on hand from AVCRP coalition groups as will Rob Southwick, the author of the economic report. 


Theodore Roosevelt IV, Great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt
Dale Hall, CEO, Ducks Unlimited
Bill Meadows, President, The Wilderness Society, AVCRP Co-Chair
Stephanie Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Mark Tercek, President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Other Participants
Host, Whit Fosburgh, President & CEO, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
John L. Nau III, Chairman Emeritus, Civil War Trust, AVCRP Co-Chair
Ron Regan, Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Rob Southwick, President, Southwick and Associates


2:00 PM Eastern Monday, October 31, 2011 (1:30 PM Camera Pre-Set)


National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC


1-800-311-9401 Passcode: 79970


The event is open to the press. All participants will be available to answer questions from the media. Media members are requested to register in advance of the event with Jay Chancellor at 202-639-8727 Ext. 20 or JChancellor@trcp.org.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres, thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. Visit the DU website, www.ducks.org, for more information.

Emily Tyner

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