Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs held its annual awards banquet last night at Suzanne’s Fine Dining in Wheatfield to honor the 2012 recipients of a long list on conservation awards – many of which are volunteers to the movement that protects and enhances our natural resources, as well as our outdoor heritage through fishing, hunting and the shooting sports.
Representing some 27 area clubs and organizations, the Federation is the grass roots voice of sportsmen and women, giving them representation through the New York State Conservation Council and ultimately in Albany. The Federation serves an important purpose and most sportsmen and women in the county and around the state fail to recognize not only the grassroots efforts by these county Federations, but how the hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation communities benefit from them.
Here’s the list of winners for 2012:
Oliver Jones Memorial Award (Sportsperson of the Year): Sue Bryant, Lockport
Bryant has been a dedicated behind-the-scenes worker for a long list of local clubs and groups including North Forest Rod and Gun; Friends of the NRA; the Ladies Shoot and Hoot Program; and the Clays for Heroes Fundraising Shoot held for the first time last year. In many instances she is the glue that holds these things together or the key piece to a puzzle that allows for events to come off without a hitch. Congrats!
Leroy Winn Memorial Award (Club of the Year): Wolcottsville Sportsmen’s Club
While the club is small, its accomplishments are big. A big part of its focus is with the future of our outdoor heritage – the youth – conducting youth seminars on trap shooting, goose hunting, turkey hunting and more. They help maintain the public shooting area at the Tonawanda State Wildlife Management Area on Bartlett Road; they help raise money to send kids to summer DEC camp. For its size, there isn’t a more active club in the county. Thanks for all your efforts.