Though the Washington, D.C. area is known for politics, entrepreneur and media specialist Gabriella Hoffman knows that there are some great outdoor activities in the area too. In her new podcast, District of Conservation, Hoffman highlights conservationists, hunters, and anglers who “thrive and survive deep in or around The Swamp.” She interviews lawmakers, storytellers, entrepreneurs, and other individuals who shape the region through their hard work.

So far, Hoffman has released eleven episodes of the podcast, about one a week. They range in length from 10 to 45 minutes, meaning there is something for every commute or cook time, which is when I love to listen to podcasts. As someone who values conservation and outdoor efforts, but is certainly not the outdoor type herself, I was a bit skeptical of this podcast at first. I didn’t know if it was going to be for me. I was pleasantly surprised. Hoffman, with her media training, is an able interview and host. She helps relate every issue to the present day and the general public, not just those of you with a bow slung over one shoulder or a fish hook on your pole.

Her most recent episodes talk about how conservation efforts and the desires of hunters, fishers, and gun owners may or may not be well-represented by some of the new representatives elected to the 116th Congress. Hoffman also appeared on the TIME magazine issue about guns from both the left and right, though she of course represented the pro-Second amendment side of the argument. Episode nine of her podcast talks about that experience and why it is so important to continue having these discussions across the aisle.

In episode six of the podcast, Hoffman talked to Joe Kondelis, the CEO of the Western Bear Foundation. As someone who knows very little about the west or bears, I was intrigued. It’s a solid interview and introduction to the foundation. It’s complete with an overview of what they do, what they don’t do, what their end goal is, and why they support big game hunting, which might surprise some of you based on their name alone. In that interview, they also tie recent legislation to broader issues of conservation, game management, and environmental reform, which is not necessarily a left or right issue but sometimes get pushed in partisan ways.

Though I’ll never be an outdoor kind of girl and I’d rather cry than take a hike, the District of Conservation podcast has assured me that there is a place in the world for the type of people that identify as “outdoorsy” and that there is an active and engaged community of hunters, anglers, and gun owners who are giving conservationists a good name. This podcast is an easy commitment that is very different from every other podcast I listen to. I know that every episode of this podcast is going to help expand my understanding of conservation as it does and doesn’t relate to conservatism. I think everyone who cares about the world around them will enjoy this podcast.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member