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Wiegard to Lead TRCP's Agricultural, Private Lands Work

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Ariel Wiegard has joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as director of the TRCP Center for Agricultural and Private Lands, working to enact policies that balance production agriculture with fish and wildlife and sustain and enhance public access to private lands.
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Background in resources policy, development, environmental law to inform Wiegard’s work for the sportsmen’s group
WASHINGTON – Ariel Wiegard has joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as director of the TRCP Center for Agricultural and Private Lands, working to enact policies that balance production agriculture with fish and wildlife and sustain and enhance public access to private lands.“The TRCP is already the leading organization working at the intersection of agriculture, conservation and sportsmen’s issues,” said Wiegard, “and I’m thrilled to combine my passion for these issues with my experience in campaign management and fundraising to help grow the program and the organization. I’m eager to work with the TRCP partners, as well, both to positively impact implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill and tell the story of how landowners, hunters and anglers are working together to conserve habitat and expand access for sportsmen and -women.”
Wiegard most recently oversaw Vermont Law School’s development department, including individual fundraising programs and board management, and has broad experience in political and nonprofit campaign fundraising, handling direct marketing campaigns for Senate candidates, museums and nonprofits. Wiegard obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and is completing her master’s degree in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, where she focuses on agriculture and food systems.
“The TRCP’s mission focuses on providing and expanding access opportunities for Americans to hunt and fish,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh, “and our advocacy of agricultural and private lands initiatives like the Farm Bill’s Voluntary Public Access program exemplifies this approach. With her knowledge of natural resources policy, experience in the nonprofit arena and passion for agricultural issues and the outdoors, Ariel is ideally suited to lead our efforts in this crucial area. We’re glad to have her join our team.”
Wiegard grew up hiking and camping throughout the Mid-Atlantic and developed an early appreciation of farming and conservation. Now a resident of Virginia, she frequently can be found upland hunting and foraging with her husband and her German shorthaired pointer, Argos.
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