Field & Stream and Toyota are happy to announce our seven finalists for the 2011 Heroes of Conservation Awards. We’ll award $5000 to each project, and give away a new Toyota Tundra to the Hero of the Year at a gala event in Washington D.C. in October.

You can watch a new video of these heroes in action right here on the Conservationist blog every week, and we’ll tell their stories in the October 2011 issue of the magazine.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to flyfisherman Kirk Klancke, from Fraser, Colorado. He has been working for 25 years to promote stream health in the Fraser River by leading his local TU chapter, educating and fund-raising through Riverstock music festival, and by spearheading construction of a sediment basin to improve strangled spawning grounds for trout.

Check back tomorrow to see Klancke and Editor-at-large Eddie Nickens get their feet wet and work to reverse habitat damage.