We all know that gun dog ownership and conservation go hand in hand. You can’t truly have one without the other. So if you know some worthy individual or group that’s doing important and perhaps unheralded conservation work, SportDOG wants to know about it.

From this press release:

The SportDOG Brand® Conservation Fund® is entering its fifth year, and to celebrate, we’re inviting you to join us in picking a deserving winner for the Future Forward Fund Contest! We’ve upped the ante this year and will be giving $25,000 to the winning project. We’ve already provided nearly $100,000 in annual grants to groups and projects focused on wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement. Now we’d like the sporting community to help us decide where to donate our 2012 fund.

Here’s how this groundbreaking conservation initiative works: Conservationists are asked to submit their application via SportDOG’s webite by July 31, 2012. To submit an application, go to The Future Forward Fund Committee will review all applications and choose seven qualifiers who will be announced Sept. 1, 2012. Commencing with the announcement and continuing through Nov. 30, 2012, you can vote for the conservation project you believe to be the most deserving of the $25,000 first prize. The runner-up will receive a $5,000 grant.

Votes can be cast via SportDOG Brand’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, the SportDOG website and the email address, through Nov. 30, 2012. The winner will be announced in December, and grant money will be awarded in January 2013.

A very cool contest from a company that recognizes its future is tied to the future of our wild birds and waterfowl. Have anyone you’d like to nominate? What groups are doing conservation work in your area?