New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association honors Adirondack resident for service as conservationist on behalf of loons
The late Ed Feldmann was named as the recipient of the New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award at the communicator association’s awards banquet on Saturday, October 21, in Niagara Falls., during its annual conference. Feldmann was recognized for his outstanding efforts on creating awareness and significant achievement as an ambassador for New York’s outdoors.
The award was created in the name of one of NYSOWA’s most beloved and active members, M. Paul Keesler, the deceased co-founder of “New York Sportsman” magazine. Keesler, through his writing and publishing efforts, spent nearly five decades promoting and conserving the outdoor wonders and recreational opportunities within New York State. The award recognizes an individual or organization that effectively has raised the public’s awareness of outdoor recreational opportunities and conservation issues in the state. Nominations could be made by the public, as well as by NYSOWA members.
Ed Feldmann was the essence of what the NYSOWA M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award represents. As both a public affairs officer for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources and as a professional broadcaster and writer on hunting, fishing and conservation, he was truly an ambassador for New York’s outdoors.
Ed developed personal relationships with communicators and delivered in a timely and thorough manner the information they needed for their work communicating on New York’s outdoor treasures and challenges. It was not only professional communicators, however, with whom he worked. To see Ed at the DEC booth at the several consumer sportsman’s shows at which it exhibited was to watch a true ambassador. He was knowledgeable of the state’s outdoor treasures and he was quick to discuss them with everyone and encourage them to enjoy New York’s outdoor resources.
Ed also hosted a long-running radio show in the Capital District on Sunday mornings. Here he could alert people to opportunities and issues and answer their questions. Through his regularly appearing articles in The New York Sportsman Magazine and Outdoor Bytes, he reached people through a traditional magazine and a new-age electronic publication.
The New York State Outdoor Writers Association is a professional organization of communicators dedicated to increasing the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of our outdoor heritage in the use and enjoyment of natural resources. Its primary purpose is to improve knowledge and skill among its members in the art of communication. For more information on NYSOWA, visit http://www.nysowa.org.