Nominations must be received by August 15, 2022.
New York State Outdoor Writers Association to honor an individual or organization
The 2022 NYSOWA M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award will be pre- sented to an individual or organization that has effectively raised the public’s aware- ness of outdoor recreational opportunities and conservation issues in New York State. The award recipient will be officially announced at the 2022 annual confer- ence of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA) in Corning.
The award was created to honor worthy individuals and organizations, at the same time perpetuating the name of one of NYSOWA’s dearest members. The late M. Paul Keesler spent nearly five decades promoting and conserving the outdoor won- ders and recreational opportunities within New York State. Beginning with outdoor columns for the Utica Observer Dispatch and progressing to the popular New York Sportsman magazine, Keesler, and his magazine’s contributors, enlightened and educated readers statewide and beyond to the wild treasures of the Empire State. Keesler also wrote books on canoe fishing New York waterways and on his beloved West Canada Creek and Mohawk Valley.
Anyone may submit a nomination of 350 words or less and have it endorsed by an active member of NYSOWA.
To learn of a NYSOWA member in a nominator’s area who might endorse such a nomination, contact:
Bill Hilts, Jr. at (716) 622-6168, or Mike Joyner (607) 753-8420 or
Send nominations to Bill Hilts, Jr., 618 Walnut Street, Lockport, NY 14094, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.