CELEBRATION, Fla. — Your club or chapter could be the winner of a 2011 Outstanding Conservation Award presented by the Berkley Conservation Institute and B.A.S.S. in honor of the best B.A.S.S. Federation Nation conservation and angler recruitment and retention projects conducted in 2010. The Institute awards a $2,000 check for the best conservation project and $1,500 in fishing gear for the best angler recruitment/retention project.
“This program represents our partnership to celebrate those who work each year to give back to the resource that supports our wonderful sport and to those who work to recruit the next generation of passionate anglers,” said Berkley’s conservation director, Jim Martin. “Berkley is more than just line and bait, and B.A.S.S. is so much more than just fishing tournaments. We want to thank you, to celebrate your project, to contribute support to your organization and to inspire others to follow your lead.”
“B.A.S.S. is extremely proud of our partnership with Berkley Conservation Institute and especially of the relationship that recognizes the outstanding conservation and angler recruitment opportunities provided by the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation volunteers — a dedicated group of folks committed to the future of fishing,” said Noreen Clough, B.A.S.S. conservation director.
Winners from recent years have used this money to build their next great project. Some winners have been from individual chapters while others have been combined projects by a whole state. Judging criteria will be similar to that used over the last several years. Submissions should include the size/scope of the project, the level of partnerships, creativity and timing/duration.
“Receiving the Berkley Conservation Award in 2010 was significant for the Indiana B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and our state’s conservation efforts,” said Jill Snyder, conservation director for the Indiana BFN. “The Berkley Award enabled us to secure a large amount of youth fishing equipment that we gave away at the Indiana DNR’s second annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience. The equipment giveaway was a huge hit with the kids and enabled many of them to leave the event with the knowledge, and the tools, to continue fishing!”
Submit projects for judging to Clough by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 1. Representatives from Berkley and B.A.S.S. will judge the submissions. Martin will present the awards at the 2011 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha and Skeeter Boats, tentatively scheduled for the first week of November this year.