Governor Huckabee Sanders holds bear cubs, wants to bolster outdoor recreation

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By Gabriella Hoffman

“I’m very proud of the fact that through the conservation efforts here in the state of Arkansas. We have the most successful reintroduction of a large carnivore. I think back several decades before this program started there were roughly only 50 bears that they could identify here in the state. And now the population is well north of 5,000. So, a very successful conservation program and a really neat thing to get to be part of. Hold[ing] baby bear cubs is a pretty exciting thing to do.” — Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders

In Episode 354 of District of Conservation, Gabriella exclusively sits down with Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Topics include the Governor experiencing her first bear den study, her newly-unveiled Natural State Initiative, and other measures she’s signing into law that boost outdoor recreation and access. Tune in to learn more.

EP 363: Clearing the Air on Sackett vs EPA ft. Jonathan Wood District of Conservation

In Episode 363, Gabriella is joined by Jonathan Wood – vice president of law and public policy at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). They discuss last week's Supreme Court, Sackett vs EPA, ruling on waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule limiting EPA's authority under the Clean Water Act. Tune in to learn more! SHOW NOTES PERC Website Jonathan Wood Bio – PERC PERC: A Broad Interpretation of WOTUS Undermines Wetland Conservation PERC: SCOTUS Ruling Delivers Major Win for Property Rights and Voluntary Conservation Efforts Sackett vs. EPA Decision SCOTUS Blog Analysis EPA Revokes Reasonable Navigable Waters Protection Rule Final WOTUS Rule Muddies Navigable Waters Definition Biden’s Waters Rule Blocked in 24 More States by Federal Judge President’s Flawed, Burdensome WOTUS Rule Survives Veto Override Despite House, Senate & State Majorities’ Opposition — Support this podcast:
  1. EP 363: Clearing the Air on Sackett vs EPA ft. Jonathan Wood
  2. EP 362: Bipartisan America's Outdoor Recreation Act
  3. EP 361: SC Sunday Hunting Ban Lifted, ND Fishing Tourney, NV Wants Mustang as Official State Animal
  4. EP 360: USFS Wants to Permanently Close 226K Acres to Recreational Shooting
  5. EP 359: Florida Right to Hunt & Fish Amendment Clears Legislature, Heads to 2024 Ballot


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