The NYSOWA M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award will be presented to an individual or organization that effectively has raised the public’s awareness of outdoor recreational opportunities and conservation issues in New York State. The award recipient will be officially announced at the annual conference of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA) this fall.
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 wonders and recreational opportunities within New York State. Beginning with outdoor columns for the Utica Observer Dispatch and progressing to the founding of The Mid-York Sportsman, which grew into the New York Sportsman, Keesler, and his magazine’s contributors, enlightened and educated readers statewide and beyond to the wild treasures of the Empire State. In addition to his newspaper and magazine accomplishments, Keesler wrote books on canoe fishing New York waterways and on his beloved West Canada Creek and Mohawk Valley, the latter perhaps the most comprehensive book ever written on the area.
Previous recipients of the award were William (Bill) Lloyd of Newport, N.Y. (2007), Dennis Money of Canandaigua (2008), Bill Hilts, Sr. of Lockport (2009), William Schwerd of Saratoga (2010), Nina Schoch of Saranac Lake (2011), Ed Feldmann (posthumous) 2012, and Stan Pascoo (2013)
Nominations must be received by August 30, 2014.
Anyone may submit a nomination of 350 words or less and have it endorsed by an active member of NYSOWA. To review award criterion and the nominating process, click here. To learn of a NYSOWA member in a nominator’s area who might endorse such a nomination, contact, Will Elliott (585) 502-5207, or Leon Archer (315-402-1269), or check the web site.
Send Nominations to Will Elliott, 777 Bernd Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.