The six heroes will be recognized on September 20, 2007 at the Heroes of Conservation Awards Gala, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The event will be hosted by Tucker Carlson of MSNBC with special guests Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Secretary of the Interior and H. Dale Hall, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. One of the six honorees will be named Field & Stream’s Conservation Hero of the Year and win a new Toyota 2007 Tundra SR5 V8 Doublecab.
“Sportsman don’t just care about conservation, they act on it,” says Sid Evans, Editor-In-Chief of Field & Stream. “When we see a threat to the natural world, we get to work. These six heroes are everyday people doing work that benefits us all. We’re proud to honor them, but the real prize is the habitat they restored and the benefits they’ve brought to sportsmen.”
Field & Stream 2007 Heroes of Conservation:
Philip Babe, East Tawas, Mich., retired conservation officer
In 1982, Babe started Walleyes for Iosco County (WIC) for the purposes of building a rearing pond to annually stock Lake Huron’s Tawas Bay. To date they’ve planted five million young walleyes.
Harlan Kredit, Lynden, Wash., high school science teacher
For 30 years, Kredit has used projects in the local Fishtrap Creek watershed as the focus of the curriculum for his high school science classes. To date, his students have raised more then two million salmon in a student-built hatchery and planted 15,000 trees.
Brian Maguire, Portland, Ore., computer engineer
Disturbed by the disappearance of his hunting grounds, Maguire cofounded the group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) to lobby for their protection. After ten years of fighting and testifying before Congress, McGuire and the BHA got 16,496 acres of mule deer winter habitat added to the 2007 Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act.
Robert Miles, Slippery Rock, Pa., retired special-education teacher & football coach
Twenty-five years ago, high school teacher Robert Miles formed the Laurel Conservation Club to promote environmental awareness among his students. Now, numbering 170 kids annually, the club’s projects include trout stocking, raising quail, and dump-site cleanups.
Chris Scalley, Roswell, Ga., flyfishing guide
In 1998, Scalley formed the Chattahoochee Coldwater Fishery Foundation to conduct long-term studies of the aquatic life on this river near Atlanta, hoping also to document the natural reproduction of trout.
Joan Vernon, Key Biscayne, Fla., vice chairman of the Billfish Foundation
Vernon cofounded Adopt-A-Billfish in 2002, a research program that places $4,000 tags into marlin, swordfish and sailfish to collect data that will help countries conserve the declining population.
The Heroes of Conservation Awards are open to individuals involved in a hunting and fishing-related conservation project that is well under way or completed. Selections are based on a number of factors, including leadership, commitment, project growth and results. One grand prize winner will receive a new Toyota 2007 Tundra SR5 V8 Doublecab. A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to each nominee. For complete details, including rules, regulations and nomination instructions for 2008, please visit www.fieldandstream.com/heroes.
Three additional conservation heroes will be honored at the 2007 Heroes of Conservation Awards Gala, presented by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Michael Browne, an Eagle Scout candidate of Milton, Mass. will be the first ever Boy Scout Conservation Hero of the Year. Brown has dedicated himself to getting the lead out of fishing, spreading the word at fishing contests and exchanging the lead sinkers many anglers use for free non-toxic versions. Browne’s work has also taken him to the state legislature and local university. Brown will receive $500 from Bass Pro Shops, and he and his fellow troop members will also receive a prize pack courtesy of Bass Pro Shops.
Bill Stevens, Conservation Manager at Federal Premium Ammunition will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of work developing 4-H conservation camps, relationships with major conservation organizations, and for working to get non-toxic ammunition manufactured and used for waterfowl hunting.
The Twin Rivers chapter of Pheasants Forever in Jones County, Iowa will be presented with the new Conservation Chapter of the Year Award. Over the past year the group has spent $1.1 million on land acquisitions for public access.
The Heroes of Conservation Judging panel consists of four lifelong conservation leaders:
o Charles Gauvin, President and CEO Trout Unlimited
o Ronnie Luster, 2006 Field & Stream Conservation Hero of the Year
o John Tomke, President of Ducks Unlimited of Mexico and former D.U. President and Chairman of the Board
o Sid Evans, Editor-in-Chief, Field & Stream
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