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Longtime Conservationist blogger and Field & Stream contributing editor Hal Herring is the winner of the 2016 Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Ted Trueblood Award.

The award, which is named for one of Field & Stream‘s most popular and famous writers, is given to a journalist who does “exceptional communications work informing and inspiring people for the benefit of public lands, waters and wildlife,” according to BHA.

“Hal demonstrates unwavering commitment to investigating and writing about conservation issues that have the greatest potential to impact fish, wildlife and sportsmen,” said BHA Communications Director Katie McKalip. “In an era dominated by superficial talking points and unreliable narratives, it is refreshing to read Hal’s writing, which is grounded in thorough research and shows a deep appreciation of the issues at hand.”

Herring, who was born and raised in Alabama, is a long-time resident of Montana. His lifelong, widespread hunting and fishing experience throughout the U.S., along with a keen understanding of public-land values and policies, allows Herring to provide sportsmen with an honest, accurate, and relevant perspective of the issues facing them today.

Two of his recent posts, in which he documented the unlawful takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, including an on-the-ground visit there, exhibit Herring’s exceptional understanding of the multiple sides of the issues, and a talent for explaining them in entertaining, informative, and unpretentious language.

I’m proud of the award,” said Herring. “I read Trueblood as a 10-year-old, and when we first lived way out in the country during my teens. He was the conservation writer I have aspired to be.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America’s outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.