New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association

Press Release

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For more information contact Bill Hilts, Jr (716-282-8992)

Writers Seek To Honor Someone Who Raised Public Awareness

New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association again seeks to honor an individual or organization for publicizing and making people aware of the great outdoor resources that exist. This honor can also be presented for championing or publicizing some important conservation issue to increase public awareness of it.

            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).

            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. 

            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, visit  To learn of a NYSOWA member in a nominator’s area who might endorse such a nomination, contact Bill Hilts, Jr at 716-282-8992, or check the web site

            Nominations must be received by August 15, 2020. Send Nominations to Bill Hilts, Jr. at 618 Walnut St., Lockport, NY 14094 or email to

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