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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

RMEF Recognized for Outdoor Education Efforts

Everybody appreciates a pat on the back every now and then, especially when you don't expect it. That's exactly what happened to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at the recent Northwest Outdoor Writers Association (NOWA) annual conference on April 26, 2014, in Polson, Montana.

Thank you NOWA for the honor! And thank you to our dedicated RMEF volunteers and members who give of their time, talents and efforts to spread our message of conservation, outdoor education and for working together to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. 

Below is a script from the award presentation: 

The FRED L. PETERSON AWARD was created as a memorial to Fred L. Peterson. Fred was the outdoor editor of the Spokesman Review in Spokane, Washington, for 10 years, editor of the Fishing & Hunting News for seven years, and the publisher of The Outdoor Press for 30 years. He died in 1995. Fred was a charter member of NOWA. 

Fred worked extensively with the supporting members of NOWA in an effort to understand the outdoor products and services offered to his readers and other consumers. He knew the educational value supporting members provided to outdoor communications and the public. 

As a result, The Fred L. Peterson Award is given each year to a NOWA Supporting Member that has demonstrated support for the outdoor media, made significant contributions to the outdoor education of the general public - with a special emphasis on youth - and best represents the ideals and ethical principles of outdoor recreation and journalism as manifest in Fred L. Peterson's career. The recipient will be honored at the NOWA Annual Awards Banquet and given a suitably inscribed plaque. 

This year's recipient has been in business for several decades. The organization has more than 500 outlets across the country. This business takes care of the financial well-being of the company, of course, but they are very concerned about the well-being of the Great Outdoors as well. 

A common word in the company's vocabulary is conservation, as it should be with all outdoor-minded companies as well as every hunter, angler, camper, birder, hiker and other consumptive and non-consumptive users of the outdoor sports alike. 

The group is concerned about our youth in many ways, but they take an extra step and assist another group of new outdoor enthusiasts; the greenhorn outdoor-minded person no matter their age. You see, if a beginner is 10 years old or 57 years old, they both need to learn survival skills, such as how to start a fire or properly use a firearm. This institution has programs to ensure those new to the outdoors have a chance to learn such skills, as well as outdoor ethics and the outdoor-minded person's role in outdoor conservation. 

Ladies and gentlemen; I present to you the 2013 winner of the Fred L. Peterson award: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

RMEF Project Development Specialist Bob Springer (left)
accepts Fred L. Peterson Award from NOWA member
Dennis Clay (Courtesy Chuck Robbins)

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