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Heroes of Conservation.


A Hero of Conservation embodies the qualities of volunteerism, stewardship, community and more—does this sound like someone you know? We can't reward extraordinary volunteers without your nomination so enter now, or meet some of our Heroes in the short clip below.



If you know of a potential Hero or are one yourself, tell us by completing a nomination form.




Nominees are eligible for the following:

New Toyota Tundra and $5,000




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We're proud to announce our new Heroes of Conservation Youth Awards, to honor three extraordinary volunteers under 18 years old, who are making positive impacts on fish, game, or habitat.


Do you know an Eagle Scout who builds and monitors wood-duck nesting boxes in at-risk waterfowling areas? Or a Girl Scout managing a trail rehab project that will keep foot traffic out of sensitive riparian zones? Or a high schooler who is as involved as the adult leaders of his or her local sportsman's group chapter? Tell us about these standout volunteers by filling out a nomination form.


We are currently accepting nominations for the 2014 awards. Three young conservationists will appear in Field & Stream magazine and online, and each will receive a $250 gift card. Phone interviews with the award candidates will take place with the permission of a parent or guardian.


Congratulations to Steve Sams of Prescott, Arizona—our 2013 Conservation Hero of the Year! His work to educate and recruit young hunters, cultivate collaboration between groups, raise funds, and accomplish on-the-ground habitat improvements for wild turkeys and other species, embodies all the values of a Field & Stream Hero of Conservation. He was called to the stage to accept the award and keys to a new Toyota Tundra at our 2013 Heroes Gala in Washington, D.C., on September 19. To learn more about our winner, watch his video right here.




Heroes of Conservation 2013: The Master Class Mastermind in Action

Join editor-at-large Eddie Nickens and 60 young waterfowlers as they kick off Sheboygan County Greenwing Day, an educational event made possible by the year-round dedication and planning of Heroes of Conservation finalist Jeff Gorr.

  • April 7, 2014

    Finally, NOAA Officially Recognizes Saltwater Sportfishing

    How should you react when a person you’ve been standing in front of for decades finally recognizes you?

    Do you cheer, or snarl?

    I did a little of both late last week when the Fisheries department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was going to develop a national recreational fishing policy.

  • March 28, 2014

    Proposed Stream and Wetlands Rule is Great News, But with a Caveat

    You’ve heard of clouds with silver linings. Well, this week conservation news can be described as a bright sunny day--but with some threatening clouds on the horizon.

    Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers finally announced the long-awaited proposed rule for which streams and wetlands would regain Clean Water Act protection stripped by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.

    Well, the bright light of salvation is now shining down on those intermittent and ephemeral headwaters that feed 60 percent of the nation’s water supply--including most of our trout fisheries. And the sportsmen’s conservation community rejoiced.

    But dark clouds are still hovering over isolated wetlands absolutely essential to waterfowl such as the prairie potholes and the playa lakes.