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Conservation Editor's Notebook

Nominate: Conservationist of the Year

by Ross Purnell, Editor   |  June 5th, 2017 0

There are many great conservation organizations out there working to protect our fisheries, and we all know their names: Wild Steelheaders United, Western Rivers Conservancy, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, American Rivers, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and the list goes on and on. These nonprofits have excellent leadership and highly trained scientists and project managers on staff, but they also rely on the largely unknown and under-appreciated efforts of boots-on-the-ground volunteers working to remove trash, install fish-holding structures, educate the public, tag fish, record data, dig holes, move logs, lift boulders, take samples, and generally get their hands slimy or dirty. Many of the dedicated and selfless volunteers doing this work are never recognized for their efforts, and most of their projects suffer from chronic underfunding. You can help change that.

FLY FISHERMAN’s 2019 Conservationist of the Year award will go to an individual whose volunteer work within a conservation organization has significantly impacted the protection or enhancement of important fisheries habitat in the previous year. We are not looking for presidents, CEOs, board members, or financial donors. We’re looking for donors who contribute time and/or sweat. We’d like to recognize people working at the grassroots level on specific projects in coldwater, warmwater, or saltwater environments. This is an award for the little guy who is doing big things in the field.

Our nine-person selection committee will judge the Conservationist of the Year based on the passion, longevity, dedication, successes, and the impact of the nominees, and we’ll recognize that person in the first issue of 2018.

Sage will make a donation of $5,000 to an organization designated by the Conservationist of the Year, and recognize that person with a Sage rod inscribed with both their name and the title “Conservationist of the Year.”

Click here for the downloadable nomination form. Completed nominations must be received by June 30, 2017. Send to: or by mail to: Selection Committee, Fly Fisherman Magazine, 6385 Flank Drive Suite 800, Harrisburg, PA 17112.


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