IF&W seeks nominees for Maine Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting nominations for the 2018 Annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award.
The award, which is presented by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, honors individuals who have been dedicated to the use of the state’s natural resources and who are embedded in Maine’s rich outdoor traditions.

Hunting, fishing and trapping are an important part of the heritage of the state and the award celebrates the achievements of an individual while sharing their experiences for the benefit of future generations, the department said in a news release.
Last year’s award winners, Carole Dyer, of Bowdoinham, and Gabriel “Gabby” Giguere, of Lewiston, were recognized by Commissioner Chandler Woodcock at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine banquet in September.
This is the fourth year of this special award and the department is seeking nominations of individuals who have hunted, trapped and fished in Maine for a combined total of 40 years. For example, an individual who has fished for 20 years trapped for 10 years and hunted for 10 years or could have fished for 30 years and hunted for 10 years would be an ideal candidate. Candidates should have also demonstrated a form of mentoring, teaching or instructing outdoor activities.
Nominations should include the nominee’s name, address, phone number, photograph and a few paragraphs about the individual, their experience in the Maine outdoors, and an explanation of why they are a deserving candidate. Please keep in mind that we do not know these candidates so it is important that you tell us about the nominee with a few paragraphs. The nominator’s contact information should also be included.
Nominations, which are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, can be sent by email to Bonnie Holding at bonnie.holding@maine.gov or by mail to 284 State St, SHS 41, Augusta, Maine 04333. Please note if you nominated an individual last year and would like to nominate that person again this year, please contact Bonnie Holding. If preferred, a nomination form can be downloaded from www.maine.gov/ifw/docs/lifetimeoutdoorachievementaward.pdf
The recipient or recipients of the fourth annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award will be selected by a committee of individuals from the department and will be recognized at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine banquet in Waterville on Saturday, Sept. 8.