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2022 Conservationist of the Year

2022 Conservationist of the Year

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Who will be the 2022 Conservationist of the Year?


If you know someone who has made outstanding efforts in protecting or enhancing local watersheds, nominate them here or email your nomination to conservation@flyfisherman.com.


If that person organizes river cleanups, negotiates for improved streamflows, or campaigns against threatening industrial developments . . . we need to hear about it! That person’s outstanding volunteerism could result in a $10,000 CHECK FROM SIMMS FISHING PRODUCTS. The funds will go to the nonprofit organization selected by the 2022 Conservationist of the Year.

Charlie Charlesworth 2021

The 2021 Conservationist of the Year is Charlie Charlesworth of Pennsylvania. His efforts to restore the once toxic Lackawanna River have resulted in a complete restoration and management of a now thriving population of trout. Charlesworth started Lackawanna Valley TU (lackawannavalleytu.org) to work with existing organizations to improve the overall water quality and increase and manage trout populations. Not only did Charlesworth get the new chapter off the ground, he has served as a board member, vice president, and then president during the chapter’s most pivotal years. His 30-plus year passion for conservation and youth education has helped many of Pennsylvania’s waterways and will continue to do so for years to come. Read his full list of accomplishments here.

Peter Moyle 2020




Fly Fisherman's 2020 Conservationist of the Year Peter Moyle served on the board of directors at Western Rivers Conservancy during its successful campaign to create the Blue Creek Salmon Sanctuary. The nonprofit purchased 47,000 acres of temperate rainforest in the Klamath watershed and conveyed it to California’s Yurok Tribe in February 2018, protecting Blue Creek from the Siskiyou Wilderness all the way to its confluence with the Klamath River. In Moyle's tenure, the group also purchased the 211-acre Swiftwater County Park in Oregon and transferred the land to the BLM for protection within the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River Corridor. Western Rivers Conservancy also protected ten miles of the John Day River and nine miles of Thirtymile Creek, creating Oregon's Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

Joe Hemming 2019

As the volunteer president of the Anglers of The Au Sable, Joe Hemming filed a lawsuit against a private fish farm that threatened to pollute a 9-mile catch-and-release section of the Au Sable River known as the Holy Waters. Hemming forced a settlement out of court, and his $10,000 Conservationist of the Year Award will help Anglers of the Au Sable's continued efforts to protect the river.

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Sandy Moret 2018

Moret was the first president of the Everglades Protection Association, and a founder of the #NoworNeverglades Declaration. Because of Moret’s active role in protecting the Everglades, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust received $5,000 toward its work in Florida estuaries and saltwater flats.

Rich Simms 2017

His volunteer work resulted in catch-and-release sportfishing regulations for all wild steelhead in Washington State. Because of his efforts, Wild Steelhead Coalition received $10,000 to reduce the impacts of stocked fish in rivers with wild steelhead, combat habitat loss, and remove man-made barriers to migration.

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