Non-profit

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

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Website:

www.trcp.org/

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

04-3706385

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $7,521,022
Expenses: $5,710,466
Assets: $5,673,158

Type:

Conservation nonprofit

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) promotes left-of-center conservationist and environmentalist policies. A membership organization of hunters and fishers, it is dedicated to promoting federal control of public lands and opposing expanded oil and gas production in the United States. The organization also has ties to organized labor and the AFL-CIO and in 2007 launched the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance to “lure the political allegiance of gun-owning union members away from the NRA [National Rifle Association] and its political agenda.” [1] [2] [3] [4]

Background

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership was founded in 2002. The group campaigns to preserve public lands and natural resources so that they may remain available for sportsmen. The group also supports restrictions on industries including enhanced restrictions on public land leases for oil and gas operations and limits on commercial fishing.

TRCP supports federal laws like the Clean Water Act, which strengthen the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TRCP calls the Clean Water Act “wildly successful” and advocated that the Biden administration reverse Trump administration changes to the enforcement of the act, in order to provide the EPA with enhanced powers to interpret and enforce the act. [5]

Policy Stances

Environment

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership supports other left-of-center environmental and conservation policies concerning public lands, oil and gas leases, limits on commercial fisheries, and wind-reliant energy. [6] [7] [8]

TRCP opposes efforts from right-of-center groups and politicians to facilitate the transfer of federally controlled lands to state governments. The organization lobbies state and local officials to oppose such land transfers, citing claims that the state would not be able to fund land management and that the tourism industry would be harmed by transferring public lands that are part of or tangential to national parks. [9]

TRCP also supports the Biden administration’s efforts to increase regulations around the leasing of public lands for oil and gas operations. The organization supported changes announced by the Bureau of Land Management that recommend increased scrutiny of leasing applications and recommended a 33 percent increase on the lease royalty fee, raising it from 12.5 to 18.75 percent. [10]

The organization also supports increased regulations and limits around commercial fishing, such as drastically limiting the harvest of menhaden, a small fish harvested for fish oil. [11]

Climate Change

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has stated that the impacts of climate change include “steady habitat loss” and “are undeniable and must be addressed.” The organization also applauded the Biden administration’s overall goal of limiting fossil fuel use while expressing hesitation around plans to increase the construction of wind turbines and solar farms on federal lands, citing the potential to harm bird species and disrupt migratory patterns of big game species. The organization formed a project with Trout Unlimited and the National Wildlife Federation called Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, which has called on the Biden administration to solicit feedback from sportsmen in its plans to increase wind and solar projects. [12]

Gun Control

Despite being an organization focused on hunting, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has declined to take a stance on gun policy. A 2013 article by president and CEO Whit Fosburg stated that “others know far more than we do about the Second Amendment, not to mention school safety, the mental health system, weapons trafficking and other key components of the gun-violence debate today.” Fosburg further stated that TRCP would continue to focus on public land and other conservation issues as opposed to engaging in the debate around gun policy. [13]

Ties to Organized Labor

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has long been affiliated with the labor movement. The organization’s list of partner organizations includes the AFL-CIO and the organization’s policy council includes Tom Trotter, a legislative affairs staff member for that union federation. [14]

In 2007, TRCP worked with several national labor unions and the AFL-CIO to launch the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Now an independent organization closely affiliated with TRCP, the alliance was formed to galvanize opposition to the George W. Bush administration’s increased permitting of drilling on public lands that conservation groups decried. The Washington Post described the organization as an attempt to increase blue collar union membership and “lure the political allegiance of gun-owning union members away from the NRA [National Rifle Association] and its political agenda.” One union official, Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, stated that the group was formed because “We know that the NRA is communicating to our members what clearly are anti-union positions and urging them to support anti-union candidates.” Then-AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka was an “enthusiastic” supporter of the alliance’s formation and stated that around 33 AFL-CIO unions would join soon after its formation. [15]

Whit Fosburg, the longtime president and CEO of the TRCP, currently sits on the board of directors of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. [16]

Partner Organizations

Listed “partner” members of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership include the AFL-CIO, the American Sportfishing Association, Angler Action Foundation, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, California Waterfowl, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Everglades Foundation, the Hispanic Access Foundation, the Public Lands Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Fund, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, the Western Landowners Alliance, Trout Unlimited, and the Trust for Public Land. [17]

Funding

Funders and corporate sponsors of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership include Bass Pro Shops, Browning, Coca-Cola, the Cypress Group, Federal Premium Ammunition, Forbes Tate Partners, L.L. Bean, the National Park Foundation, NextEra Energy, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America, Yeti, Yamaha, and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. [18]

References

  1. Sponsors.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.trcp.org/sponsors/ ^
  2. “Home.” Sportsman for Responsible Energy Development. Accessed July 7, 2022.  http://sfred.org/ ^
  3. “Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.” Rugged Range. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.ruggedrange.com/theodore-roosevelt-conservation-partnership.html ^
  4. Harden, Blaine. “Conservation Group, Unions Joining Forces.” The Washington Post. January 16, 2007. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/15/AR2007011501022.html ^
  5. “Clean Water Act.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022.  https://www.trcp.org/clean-water-act/ ^
  6. Arnett, Ed. “How the Push for Renewable Energy Development Affects Hunting and Fishing.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022.  https://www.trcp.org/2021/10/15/push-renewable-energy-development-affects-hunting-fishing/ ^
  7. Webster, Joel. “BLM’s June Oil and Gas Lease Sale to Bring Commonsense Reforms.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022.  https://www.trcp.org/2022/04/20/blms-june-oil-gas-lease-sale-bring-commonsense-reforms/ ^
  8. Brady, Krystyn. “Arizona’s Coconino County Opposes Efforts to Transfer Federal Public Lands to the State.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022.  https://www.trcp.org/2016/06/07/arizonas-coconino-county-opposes-efforts-transfer-federal-public-lands-state/ ^
  9. Brady, Krystyn. “Arizona’s Coconino County Opposes Efforts to Transfer Federal Public Lands to the State.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022.  https://www.trcp.org/2016/06/07/arizonas-coconino-county-opposes-efforts-transfer-federal-public-lands-state/ ^
  10. Webster, Joel. “BLM’s June Oil and Gas Lease Sale to Bring Commonsense Reforms.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022.  https://www.trcp.org/2022/04/20/blms-june-oil-gas-lease-sale-bring-commonsense-reforms/ ^
  11. “Menhaden Recovery.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.trcp.org/menhaden-recovery/ ^
  12. Arnett, Ed. “How the Push for Renewable Energy Development Affects Hunting and Fishing.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.trcp.org/2021/10/15/push-renewable-energy-development-affects-hunting-fishing/ ^
  13. Fosburg, Whit. “The TRCP and Guns.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. April 30, 2013. Accessed July 7, 2022.  https://www.trcp.org/2013/04/30/1545/ ^
  14. “Partners.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.trcp.org/partners/ ^
  15. Harden, Blaine. “Conservation Group, Unions Joining Forces.” The Washington Post. January 16, 2007. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/15/AR2007011501022.html ^
  16. “Board of Directors.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/about/board-of-directors/ ^
  17. “Partners.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.trcp.org/partners/ ^
  18. “Sponsors.” Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Accessed July 7, 2022. https://www.trcp.org/sponsors/ ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 2003

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form 990 $7,521,022 $5,710,466 $5,673,158 $1,342,765 N $6,975,740 $0 $3,509 $987,955
    2019 Dec Form 990 $7,238,554 $5,798,110 $3,552,851 $1,033,014 N $6,749,452 $0 $15,502 $949,136 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $5,061,204 $5,036,556 $2,663,401 $1,584,008 Y $4,639,315 $0 $4,194 $621,624 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $5,986,580 $4,434,421 $4,137,622 $333,839 N $5,653,440 $0 $4,981 $602,530 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $3,254,247 $4,250,069 $2,543,271 $291,647 N $2,842,738 $0 $4,763 $392,948
    2015 Dec Form 990 $5,110,923 $4,097,699 $3,375,370 $127,924 N $4,890,476 $0 $4,181 $393,137 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $4,060,502 $4,274,909 $2,490,865 $256,643 N $3,598,539 $0 $4,093 $246,417 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $3,854,462 $3,726,558 $2,837,013 $388,384 N $3,769,884 $0 $3,240 $233,933 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $3,154,897 $3,248,611 $2,479,995 $159,270 N $3,085,248 $0 $1,610 $229,647 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $3,496,197 $2,820,503 $2,588,472 $174,033 N $3,492,677 $0 $3,293 $214,410 PDF

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    Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

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