It seems like we’re dropping like flies these days, but a longtime fishing, hunting and outdoors writer based in Spokane has landed a prestigious national award.
Rich Landers of the Spokesman-Review is the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s 2017 Jade of the Chief award winner.
It’s the organization’s highest conservation honor and “represents an affirmation of OWAA adherence to, and support of, the principles of conservation.”
Landers, who has been with the newspaper literally since I was in kindergarten, is the 52nd winner, and in a story posted to the Spokesman-Review his efforts were lauded by OWAA president Brett Perryman:
“Rich Landers has been giving sportsmen and women in the West, and across the nation, a strong voice for decades. Rich is well respected among his OWAA colleagues and this award is well deserved.”
Two of the last three Jade winners are now from the Northwest, and the other, Oregon’s Pat Wray, also applauded Landers:
“Our newest chief is not afraid to take a stand when necessary. His courageous work on behalf of our natural resources and the environment have earned him the respect of all who have read his articles and columns as well as multiple awards. He has been recognized as the Conservation Writer of the Year by both the Idaho Conservation League and the Washington Environmental Council.
“Our newest chief doesn’t just sit behind a computer. He covers ground…and writes about it. He’s written four books on paddling and hiking in the northwest. He is a serious fisherman and to his everlasting credit, a dedicated chukar hunter. He’s joined me a few times in hunts along the Snake River of eastern Oregon and it’s always a pleasure to try and stay close enough to keep him in sight as he scurries over the breaks.”
Indeed, even as we see losses among the Northwest outdoor mafia — Mark Yuasa leaving the Seattle Times after the paper decided to discontinue his fishing column, Allen Thomas, who is retiring from The Columbian, Doug Huddle, who saw the Bellingham Herald end fishing and hunting coverage — I don’t expect Landers will slow down anytime soon, and that’s a good thing for the protection of the lands and wildlife of the Northwest and opportunities to fish and hunt we so cherish.
Hat tip from the 206.