The efforts of three Heroes of Conservation honorees—who were first identified for their extraordinary volunteerism in the pages of F&S—were spotlighted in a recent National Geographic article about hunters and anglers working to protect fish and wildlife.

The report quotes the 2014 Field & Stream Conservation Hero of the Year, Ryan Krapp, about his motivation to speak up for mule deer habitat at a critical time in North Dakota. “We need a balanced approach to agriculture production, to oil development, to managing rangelands for livestock,” said Krapp, who serves as state chair of the North Dakota Mule Deer Foundation. “That’s been my mantra over here: a balanced approach to development.”

The story also details the role that 2008 Heroes of Conservation Finalist Charles Lane has played in the protection of more than 200,000 acres of estuary in South Carolina’s ACE Basin, and the impact that 2014 Finalist Dr. John Muramatsu has had on the Puget Sound-area fishery with his Salmon in the Classroom program.

The NatGeo article speaks mainly to readers who may not know that sportsmen—with the help of groups like Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Mule Deer Foundation, and more—are also at the forefront of conservation. While the topic isn’t news to hunters and anglers, a national platform for the good that outdoorsmen have accomplished is something to be celebrated.

Photos by Chris Crisman