ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 21, 2009) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced they will participate in the Jim Range National Casting Call on Monday, April 27, 2009 in Washington, D.C. at Fletchers’ Cove, C&O Canal National Historical Park. RBFF President Frank Peterson and staff will be on-site to discuss the importance of increasing participation in boating and fishing and help honor the legacy of former RBFF Board Member Jim Range. Range, a distinguished environmentalist who envisioned Casting Call almost a decade ago, passed away in January.
“We look forward to joining our partners for this important event and celebrating the life of Jim Range who was one of RBFF’s original founders and biggest champions,” said RBFF President & CEO Frank Peterson. “I hope that visitors walk away with a sense of urgency to protect our nation’s waterways and understand the significance of getting kids outside to connect with nature. This will help us build the next generation of conservationists.”
Hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and dozens of other partners on the frontlines of fisheries conservation efforts, the Jim Range National Casting Call provides an opportunity for the public to fish the canal with instruction by industry experts. The event also offers the nation’s top decision makers the opportunity to learn first-hand about the value of fisheries management and the importance of public, private and educational entities working together to improve the health of our watersheds and fisheries.
Activities throughout the day will include fishing for shad on the Potomac River, fly tying demonstrations and displays from some of the nation’s top conservation organizations. Other features will include a boat built by wounded soldiers through Project Healing Waters, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan awards, and a presentation honoring D.C. area schools and children who help raise shad in classrooms.
If you’d like to set up a one-on-one meeting or interview at National Casting Call, e-mail RBFF Communications Director Heather Sieber or call her at (703) 778-5160.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.