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Hero for a day home.

Heroes of Conservation.

Monthly Finalists: May 2013

Jeffrey Gorr, Sheboygan, Wis.

Gorr, 53, has served as committee chairman in charge of planning the Sheboygan County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Day—an event where youths build wood-duck boxes, shoot sporting clays, and watch dog and decoy demonstrations—for the past nine years. His work in this and other roles over 25 years has had an impact on an estimated 2,500 budding waterfowlers. “I work with 15 other volunteers year-round to plan and fund-raise,” says Gorr, who volunteered in the event’s first year, when he was just 19. “The future of the outdoors is riding on our educating these kids.”

Ken Buchholtz, Escanaba, Mich.

After recovering from a kidney transplant in 2007, Buchholtz was inspired to give wheelchair-bound people the opportunity to hunt or shoot. His efforts have resulted in three wheelchair-accessible mobile hunting units being built from old trailers, each fitted with a gun that can be fired by mouth. Buchholtz has been a go-to volunteer with National Wild Turkey Federation outreach and habitat projects for 20 years.

David Nash, Edgartown, Mass.

“Considering it’s an island, Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t have many places for kids to drop a line,” says Nash, a surf fisherman who spearheaded the effort to build a public-access fishing pier in Oak Bluffs. After five years of conservation hearings and permitting procedures, the L-shaped fishing pier was approved for funding and completion is projected for June 30, 2013, just in time for a kids’ fishing clinic.