Boone and Crockett Program and Affiliated Enterprises

Michigan State University (MSU) is recognized around the world as a top research university focusing on solving problems in Michigan, the United States and around the world. MSU offers highly ranked and recognized academic and service-learning programs that truly engage with society to facilitate the abilities of future leaders who strive to enhance the well-being of all people and their quality of the life.  As such MSU is committed to conservation of our natural resources that contribute to the economy, food sustenance, recreation and a high quality of life.  As a world-class research university, Michigan State University is an economic engine that generates research, innovation, new ventures and intellectual capital that enhance the wealth of our communities and the sustainability of our wildlife, fish and water resources.

One of the most recent, exceptionally innovative programs emerging at MSU is the Boone and Crockett Program, coupled with several affiliated enterprises.  The Boone and Crockett Program is rooted in connection with the Boone and Crockett Club, which was founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and is nationally recognized for its thoughtful commitment to conservation and a common-sense, business-like approach to managing natural resources for the betterment of wildlife populations and their habitats.  In addition to successfully spearheading key national and state legislation that enhances the well-being and prosperity of our natural resource systems, the club is well known for its active support of research and outreach programs that has allowed for the continuing growth of America’s conservation system, embodying a forward-thinking program of conservation research, education and public service.

The vision of the Boone and Crockett Program at MSU is to integrate science, law and outreach to bring about conservation policies for the wise use and sustainability of natural resources. The resulting outgrowth of this powerful, dynamic partnership will have an unprecedented, lasting impact on the future of conservation…locally, nationally and around the world.

The Boone and Crockett Program at Michigan State University is unlike any other in the nation, connecting a host of private and public organizations and individuals with cutting-edge research with real-world experience, linking wildlife and fisheries science with business, innovation and application that results in increased quality of life and enhanced prosperity for our citizens. The program has a far-reach, interacting with several well-established disciplines, schools and colleges at MSU that include the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Eli Broad College of Business, MSU’s College of Law, James Madison College, Michigan State University Extension, and MSU’s Graduate School.  In addition to the campus relationships, many partnerships with private and public organizations such as the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources flourish under the Boone and Crockett Program at MSU.

MSU’s Boone and Crockett Program currently boast the following enterprises and associated activities:

The Boone and Crockett Chair in Wildlife Conservation is a collaboration between Michigan State University and Boone and Crockett Club members, serving as a catalyst to bridge science with policy by developing and promoting leadership to public and private organizations regarding conservation of wildlife populations and their habitats. This endowed chair will reach out to the academic community, wildlife managers, policy makers, Boone and Crockett Club members, and other stakeholders to develop knowledge, strategies, and methods to enhance wildlife productivity and value to society on local, national and global levels. 

The Boone and Crockett Wildlife Outreach Specialist is a first-of-its kind partnership between the Boone and Crockett Club, a major university and a state natural resource management agency.  The position is a unique venture with Boone and Crockett, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is focused on public outreach and engagement to promote and improve joint stewardship of our natural resources.

The Boone and Crockett Undergraduate Internship is designed to articulate in a variety of venues the history, policies and significant impacts the Boone and Crockett Club has had on conservation in North America and encourage students to become leaders who will enhance the stewardship and vitality of our wildlife and fisheries resources in the future.

The first Boone and Crockett undergraduate intern is conducting research on the history of Boone and Crockett Club members from Michigan and their respective impact on policy and practices in North America. 

Executive in Residence at MSU is new to this university but similar programs have enjoyed a long-standing presence in many institutions of higher learning.  Executives in these programs have national or international reputations, bringing great prestige to MSU and a willingness to share their unique insights with students from a real world perspective linking theory to practice.  This program will investigate finding solutions to issues at multiple geographic scales and offer new ways of thinking and acting towards the most pressing problems facing society in the years to come. 

The William A. Demmer Endowed Scholar in Natural Resource Enterprise and Conservation Leadership is the inaugural scholar to be housed in MSU’s Executive in Residence Program.  This scholar will contribute to the Boone and Crockett Program at MSU through work with policy makers, natural resource managers, faculty colleagues, natural resource industries and their constituents to develop knowledge, tools and methods required to make decisions and shape policies in response to changes in the supply chain related to fish, wildlife and related natural resources at the local, regional, national and global levels. This individual will also provide opportunities for our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to become interns with key natural resources agencies at the state, national and international levels of organization, thereby ensuring that they will have leadership roles in enhancing wildlife sustainability and prosperity in the years to come based on the Boone and Crockett creed.

Mr. Mark Rey is the inaugural William A. Demmer Endowed Scholar in Natural Resource Enterprise and Conservation Leadership. Three courses are affiliated with this program including: Elements of Federal Policy in Natural Resources; Advocacy in the Natural Resources Arena; and History of the American Conservation Experience.  Mr. Rey also offers a Natural Resources Science and Policy Course with paid internships in Washington D. C. This course reviews and evaluates how each branch of the federal government, as well as nongovernment entities, affect the development and implementation of federal government policy in the natural resources.

Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability and Conservation Graduate Specialization is a first-ever graduate specialization to focus on business strategies related to environmental sustainability and natural resources conservation.  The specialization will bring about an understanding of the challenges of environmental sustainability and natural resources conservation, the tools of business management and subtleties of leadership in an economic-driven decision-making process and how to apply those tools in natural resources and environmental decision contexts. Picture a process that moves fish or wildlife along a supply chain from the water or land to the dinner table, including the intrinsic enrichment created by the experience of wildlife watching, hunting and fishing. Understanding these processes requires basic knowledge of supply chain management as well as the ecological process that produces these fish and wildlife populations and their habitats.   Upon completion of this specialization, students will own a skill set rich in human dimension, communication, ethics and philosophy, policy and law, and business philosophy and procedures with application in supply chain management, marketing, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Endowment is focused on the increasing awareness and need for scholarly activity in the arena of conservation leadership. Recognizing Michigan State University’s commitment to sustainability, the Graduate School at MSU has created the Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Endowment.  The endowment, named for the founder of the Boone and Crockett Club, will allow graduate students from a variety of disciplines to build their capacity and acquire tools for leadership by attending experiential leadership training programs outside of the traditional academic setting.  The endowment is dedicated to the pursuit of shaping individuals for leadership by providing opportunities in experiential leadership workshops and programs related to conservation of our natural and environmental resources at local and global levels.

Boone and Crockett Club Distinguished Lectureship Series will offer quality public seminars and lectures by leading conservationists to stimulate and enhance the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities.  Students, faculty and administrators will be able to meet with and exchange thoughts on how best to address the challenges of conservation and sustainability of our natural resources.

Dr. Hal Salwasser, Dean, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, was the inaugural speaker for the Lectureship series and shared his view on “Foundations of American Wildlife Conservation Past and Future: The Need for Leaders to Match the Times.”

Conservation Law Program recognizes the need to increase specialization among legal practitioners in the field of science-based conservation. The Boone and Crockett Club in coordination with Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are designing a novel conservation law program that will ground law students in the fundamental concepts that have governed and guided the conservation movement. As natural resources issues have traditionally been played out in state legislatures and the ballot boxes, we are increasingly seeing the resolution of natural resources issues in the courtroom, and in many cases these issues are being litigated by attorneys with no formal training or sensitivity to the complex nature of these issues. This program will alter the course of conservation law through a rigorous curriculum that will enhance a well-rounded legal education coupled with a conservation law clinic at MSU

John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center is a fully endowed, world-class facility dedicated to many of the same principles as the Boone and Crockett Club—promotion of firearms safety, hunter safety, wildlife management education and shooting sports skills development. 
As of October 5, 2009, target shooters and archers have a new location to learn, hone their skills and brush up on hunting safety, with the opening of Michigan State University’s John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center. The $3.5 million, 24,000-square-foot facility will allow the public to learn shooting safety and improve shooting and archery skills, in addition to housing MSU club shooting sports — small bore, air rifle and archery. Other potential uses include academic programs in shooting sports, law enforcement and related curricula and NCAA competitive shooting events. Visit the Demmer Center’s website to learn more about this world-class shooting sports education and training facility.

Shooting Sports Club Endowed Scholarships are aimed at recruiting and retaining students to participate in archery or rifle competition on behalf of MSU.  Students who receive these scholarships must not only meet high scholastic standards, they must demonstrate leadership in shooting sports, which runs parallel to the mission of the Boone and Crockett Club’s belief in leadership, healthy competition and safe shooting sports. Visit the Demmer Center’s website to learn more about the MSU undergraduate shooting sports scholarships.

PERM (Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management) is a partnership built around enhancing the ability of MSU to work with its partners— the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and other stakeholders—toward identifying significant wildlife and fisheries ecosystem and supply chain problems and conducting research toward their solutions. PERM’s novel approach promotes cooperation among its partners, facilitates cutting-edge natural resources research, and applies results to resource management.  It is through PERM that the Boone and Crockett Wildlife Outreach Specialist is partially funded, along with a number of fisheries and wildlife faculty and graduate students. To learn more about PERM visit the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management page.