Boone and Crockett Program

The vision of the Boone and Crockett Program is to integrate science, law and outreach to bring about conservation policies for the wise use and sustainability of natural resources. The initiative links wildlife and fisheries science with business, innovation and applications. Several MSU disciplines, schools and colleges are program partners: the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Law, James Madison College, MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the MSU Graduate School. In addition to campus relationships, the program partners with private and public organizations such as the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Hal & Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation.

In addition to the Boone and Crockett Endowed Chair in Wildlife Conservation, the program also funds a Boone and Crockett wildlife Extension specialist. The position is a partnership between the Boone and Crockett Club, MSU Extension and the Michigan DNR, and is focused on public outreach and engagement to promote and improve joint stewardship of Michigan’s natural resources.

Other key parts of the Boone and Crockett Program include:

William A. Demmer Scholars Program

The William A. Demmer Scholars Program encompasses a senior-level class on advocacy in natural resources and a 13-week internship in Washington, D.C. The Demmer Scholars Program is led by Mark Rey, Executive in Residence in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Designed to articulate the history, policies and significant impacts that the Boone and Crockett Club has had on conservation in North America, the program provides opportunities for MSU undergraduate and graduate students to become paid interns at federal and non-governmental organizations focused on natural resources.

Advocacy in the Natural Resources Arena (ANR 491) reviews the types of advocacy groups operating in the natural resources arena, tools and techniques used in environmental advocacy, tactics commonly used in advocacy campaigns, and ethical questions that often arise during advocacy work.

Past guest have included:

David Anderson, former assistant director, Office of Management and Budget
Felicity Barringer, senior environmental correspondent, The New York Times
Sarah Bittleman, deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for Congressional Affairs
Glen Caroline, director of grassroots programs for the National Rifle Association
Larry Craig, former U.S. Senator from Idaho
Frank Gladics, professional staff member, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Bill Meadows, president of the Wilderness Society
Mark Pawlicki, director of government affairs for Sierra Pacific
Steve Quarles, former deputy undersecretary of the Interior
Lynn Scarlett, former deputy secretary of the Interior
Ed Shafer, former secretary of Agriculture
Dave Tenny, president of the National Association of Forest Owners
Suzanne Thomson, director of mail programs, Warfield & Walsh
Chris Wood, chief operating officer, Trout Unlimited
Mark Rey, Executive in Residence in MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

As an integral part of the Demmer Scholars Program, students in ANR 491 are placed in 13-week, full-time internships with natural resources agencies or nongovernmental organizations working in the natural resources policy arena in Washington, D.C. Through these internships, students get real world experience, see the principles taught in the classroom applied in practice, and make valuable career contacts for future educational and employment opportunites.

Thirty-seven students interned in 2009 and 2010, and another 27 will intern during the summer of 2011. Already, 12 alumni of the program are living and working in Washington, D.C. on a full-time basis.  More are expected to follow, giving MSU a cadre of young natural resource leaders active in the policy making environment in the nation's capital.

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Executive in Residence Program

This program brings executives with national or international reputations to campus to share their insights with MSU students, staff members and faculty members from a real-world perspective that links theory to practice.

Mark Rey, the William A. Demmer endowed scholar, is the current executive in residence. Rey works with policymakers, natural resource managers, faculty colleagues and natural resource industries to help make decisions and shape policies related to fish, wildlife and natural resource productivity. He collaborates with the Boone and Crockett Club members throughout the United States as well as with William Porter, Boone and Crockett Chair in Wildlife Conservation at MSU.

Distinguished Lectureship Series

Public seminars and lectures by leading conservationists are open to the public to stimulate the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities. Hal Salwasser, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, was the inaugural speaker for this series.