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Wildlife Forever Introduces Kit To Help In Invasive Species Prevention

The following is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

White Bear Lake, MN –  “The aliens have landed…, now what?”  Wildlife Forever, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, unveil the new Clean Drain Dry Rapid Response Communication Kit to help communities with invasive species. Informing the public is critical in slowing the spread and the ready-made communication tools are designed for immediate distribution or can be customized to local needs.

“The spread of invasive species continues but despite a lake getting infested, it’s still critically important to slow the spread because new species, diseases and viruses are knocking on the door,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever.

Prevention is still the best way to slow the spread and this Rapid Response Kit is designed to do this in two ways:

  • Send out an urgent warning that a local lake has been infested with a specific Aquatic Invasive Species.
  • Educate the affected public as to what they can – and should – do to help prevent the further spread of the species.
Crafted in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the new Clean Drain Dry Rapid Response Communication Kit gives agencies, organizations and communities across the country the tools to quickly communicate about an infestation.  The kit provides a turnkey strategy with all new assets tailored to a “warning” message. The kit has resources such as press releases, PSA’s for traditional, digital and social media platforms – including video content and radio spots.  With this kit you can quickly and easily create awareness of an infestation and an urgent call-to-action to the community surrounding the infestation. Do your part, spread the word, and always Clean Drain Dry.  Download and Preview the Kit here: Rapid Response Communication Kit. Full details coming soon on
“In today’s media and technology driven world, a comprehensive communication and prevention strategy needs to inform and educate people using multiple platforms. The kit can help by reminding people to check their equipment but can also provide necessary cleaning tools and prompts, at the boat ramp, so people can learn to do it themselves,” said Conzemius. “Clean Drain Dry is about empowering the practice.”The Wildlife Forever Clean Drain Dry Initiative is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services provide access to consistent messaging and tailored AIS prevention planning. To learn about services, contact Dane Huinker: or visit

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a non-profit, 501c3 charity, for over 30 years, WF supporters have donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our conservation mission. Please Join Today!  To become involved and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit

Alaskans Own Community-Supported Fishery Celebrating 10th Anniversary

The following press release is courtesy of Alaskans Own:

From: Alaskans Own

Date: July 3rd, 2019

Alaskans Own, Alaska’s first community supported fishery (CSF), is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year! Join the celebration and secure your own share by visiting, or if you have any questions or feedback email us at  


AO Team

Rest On The ‘Backroadz’ In Style With Napier’s SUV Tent

The following press release is courtesy of Napier Outdoors: 

Niagara Falls, NY (2019) – Napier Outdoors is excited to unveil a fresh new look for the Backroadz SUV Tent! The Backroadz SUV Tent Model 19100 features earth tones of green and grey, and storm flaps built into the windows and door for privacy and additional weather protection.

The Backroadz SUV Tent Model 19100 secures to the cargo area of your vehicle, allowing for easy access, extra storage and ultimate comfort. The universal sleeve fits around most SUV’s, CUV’s, and minivan’s, providing the utmost versatility and flexibility that camping can offer.
The tent comes with a durable rainfly to keep you dry and protected through stormy weather. The large
entrance and three mesh windows offer optimal ventilation and quick access to nature. This spacious 10′ x 10′ tent offers over 7′ of headroom and easily accommodates sleeping space for up to five adults.

Setup is a breeze with shock-corded fiberglass poles and an adjustable vehicle sleeve to ensure a perfect fit.
Our tent easily packs into a lightweight carrying bag, ready to go wherever your vehicle may take you! Napier SUV Tents are perfect for fishing, hunting, tailgating, off-roading and family camping trips. Join those who have already discovered how Napier SUV Tents offer convenience and flexibility for all of their outdoor
With every Backroadz Tent purchase, Napier Outdoors will plant a tree through our charitable partner, Trees for the Future. Trees for the Future helps communities around the world plant trees through seed distribution, agro-forestry training and in-country technical assistance.

Napier is the world’s largest developer and distributor of Vehicle Camping Tents. Since 1990, Napier has been changing the way people view camping, by reshaping and merging the automotive and outdoor industries together. Napier was the first to revolutionize the camping industry with innovative and exciting vehicle tent concepts. Napier distributes vehicle camping tents to automotive manufacturers and retailers across North America, Europe, and Australia. Napier vehicle tents are the number one selling truck and SUV tents in the world! 



Wildlife Forever Makes Impact In Home State For ‘Clean Drain Dry’ Project

White Bear Lake, MN – To celebrate Minnesota’s fishing opener, Governor Tim Walz declares, Clean Drain Dry Day spotlighting invasive species and how all boaters and anglers can help preserve a robust fishing pastime and state economy. Home to 1.4 million anglers, fishing in Minnesota generates over $2.6 billion of economic activity and supports over 26,000 jobs. That’s right, 26,000 jobs.  Invasive species are a direct serious threat now to local economies and recreationists accessing public waters.  Preventing and managing the spread of harmful invasive species is up to everyone.

Wildlife Forever applauds the many partners combating invasive species from soil and watershed conservation districts, lake associations, county, state and federal agencies along with non-governmental organizations united under a common theme of Clean Drain Dry. Here’s one simple directive for all bait anglers; Trash Unused Bait! Nonnative minnows and worms can do serious harm on land and in the water. Working with partners across the state, Wildlife Forever coordinates statewide public outreach and educational efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species.

“Clean Drain Dry Day is a great opportunity for all anglers to get back into the mindset of cleaning all equipment and gear to prevent accidental spread of invasive species. I’m happy to see Governor Walz recognizing the treasure our lakes and rivers are in supporting our local economies and the Minnesota way of life,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

This year, Albert Lea is host for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener. Local groups plan to send a strong Clean Drain Dry message with highway billboards, sidewalk boards, posters and handouts to the public.  Wildlife Forever would like to remind all boaters, anglers, property owners and businesses to spread the Clean Drain Dry message and protect our local waters from invasive species. Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry. all boats, trailers and gear.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is a national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Coordinated messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications and outreach tools on how to prevent. To learn how you can participate, contact:  Dane Huinker:

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For over 30 years, WF members have helped fund thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth in our nation’s outdoor heritage and stewardship, visit  Get involved, donate and help prevent the spread of invasive species, at

Wildlife Forever Hands Out Art Contest Awards

The following is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:

Wildlife Forever Announces 
Winners of the 
State-Fish Art Contest!

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever, along with Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 State-Fish Art Contest. A distinguished panel of judges selected National Winners from thousands of entries received from 43 states and 7 international countries.

“State-Fish Art is an incredible tool to connect youth with the outdoors. Students often put in hours creating their Fish Art and learning about conservation. As a recruitment model, this is a great opportunity for states to adopt and expand youth engagement,” said Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops.

“For many students, this is their first experience learning about fish and fishing. I’m thankful for all of the partners and dedicated teachers and parents who support their students learning about our natural resources,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
And the 2019 National Winners are…

GRADES 10-12:
First Place: Edward Bae from Virginia with an incredible underwater painting capturing the release of a Striped Bass. Edward also won the covetedArt of Conservation Award.

Second Place: Anna Chang from California. Third Place: Helena Merker from New Jersey.

ZiHan Wang from New York took First Place with a fantastic painting of an Atlantic Sailfish.


Second Place: Mayah Kim of Virginia. Third Place: William Kim of New Jersey.

Stephanie Wang from New York took First Place with an outstanding painting of moonlight walleyes. Stephanie’s painting also won the
2019 National Best of Show Award.

Second Place: Lea You from South Korea. Third Place: Jennifer Chei from Virginia.

Top honors went to XinWei Wu from Florida with a wonderful leaping largemouth bass.

Second Place: Samuel Chen from California. Third Place: Adeline Suh from New Jersey

Additional National Awards included the Invader Crusader Award for art depicting invasive species which are one of the greatest threats to fish and fishing.  Sharvani Bhagroo from West Virginia took home First Place by integrating invasive Hydrilla into their artwork.

The SMILE Award is a unique category depicts the humorous and whimsical side of Fish Art and ultimately makes everyone “smile”. The winner is Jared Huneycutt from North Carolina!

FISH MAKE YOU SMARTER AWARDS” is an essay division and writing component of the State-Fish Art Contest. Winners are announced on the program website,

All state winners from across America and internationally are listed at

State-Fish Art – The Art of Conservation®
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest™ celebrates over 20 years teaching children about fish and aquatic conservation through the Arts! The contest is made possible through support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, The USDA Forest Service, Triarco Art Supply and contest state hosts in Alaska, Georgia, Missouri and Texas.

Contact Wildlife Forever to host the State-Fish Art Contest in your state and begin recruiting the next generation of anglers and conservation stewards.

To enter, students create an original art illustration of any official State-Fish and an essay detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Entries are always due on March 31st.  Visit

Digital images in low and high resolution are available upon request.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Join Today and get involved.  Learn more about the award-winning programs and habitat restoration efforts at;

Lance Camper Announces Top Awards

Lancaster, CA – 4/18/2019 – Lancaster based Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. announces top dealer award results for the 2018 season. Results are based on retail sales of new Lance Ultra-Light Travel Trailers and Truck Campers. “Congratulations to all of our key dealer partners who achieved significant sales success last season. We look forward to another very strong year in 2019.” Stated Gary Conley, Lance Camper National Sales Manager.

Top Overall Dealer: ?Top Camper Dealer:?Top Trailer Dealer😕
Richard’s Boat Center – Lancaster, CAGalaxy Campers – Ontario, CATom’s Camperland – Mesa, AZ

Top Truck Camper Dealers:
Tom’s Camperland?- Mesa, AZ
Pro Trucks Plus – Livermore, CA
Richard’s Boat Center -?Lancaster, CA
Parkview Auto & Trailer – Smyrna, DE
Ocean Grove RV Sales – St. Augustine, FL
Pacific Travel Center – Tacoma, WA
Mattas Motors & Marine – Grand Junction, CO
Hill’s Auto & RVs – Yakima, WA
Toscano RV Center – Los Banos, CA

Top Travel Trailer Dealers😕
Tom’s Camperland – Mesa, AZ
Parris RV -?Murray, UT
Princess Craft – Round Rock, TX
North Country RV – Ham Lake, MN
Reeds Trailer Sales – Petaluma, CA
Clearview RV – Snohomish, WA
Lazy Days RV FL – Seffner, FL
Trailer Hitch RV – Nipomo, CA
Ketelsen Campers of Colorado -?Wheat Ridge, CO

Wildlife Forever Issues Progress Report On Invasive Species Prevention

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:
White Bear Lake, MN – In response to the growing threat to America’s natural resources, Wildlife Forever has released their latest Clean Drain Dry Initiative report in halting the spread of invasive species.

Since 2006, Wildlife Forever has formed and led a growing coalition of stakeholders, including federal, state and local agencies along with lake associations, universities, media outlets and outdoor recreation groups, to coordinate a national public awareness and prevention campaign. Over 1.9 Billion Americans have been educated through targeted multi-media marketing.  The result equates to reaching every USA citizen with an invasive species awareness message six times in the past thirteen years.

The new report highlights accomplishments and the partners who generously help fund outreach and education to America’s outdoor recreationists. 

“The evidence shows that when we invest in education and Clean Drain Dry public awareness, we’re influencing behavior and slowing the spread,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever.  “But more needs to be done and we’re now urging additional outdoor industry partners to help us educate the public and defend our natural resources.  After all, it is the outdoor enthusiasts that so many businesses and communities depend upon,” explained Conzemius.

Detailed in the bi-Annual report are invasive species prevention actions and initiatives Wildlife Forever and its national campaign partners achieved by pooling together over $745,000.

Utilizing innovative marketing techniques and developed campaign materials, coalition partners directly benefit by saving valuable economic resources, time and avoiding duplication. Recent accomplishments include reaching 16 million contacts using television and radio public service announcements; 93 million impressions were reached using highway billboards and outdoor media.  An additional 12 million contacts were also reached through print, social media, and public events promoting a consistent Clean Drain Dry prevention message.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Strategic communications, marketing, outreach and educational services provide access to consistent messaging, and resources for implementing AIS prevention programs. To learn about services and partnership opportunities, contact Dane Huinker at or visit

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  Join Today and get involved.  Learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, at

Plan Your 2019 Alaska Fishing Trip With Angler’s Alibi

The following press release is courtesy of Angler’s Alibi:


Big Update to Angler’s Alibi

If you haven’t been to Angler’s Alibi for a while, or are considering a first trip, then we have some exciting news!  A new main lodge offers guests a great space for prepping for a day on the water and relaxing afterwords.  It includes a bar, fireplace, and an 18 person dining table.

Read about the new lodge here
and contact us with questions or to reserve a spot at the table

shot of the new lodge and dining table (learn more here)

Info on Our Fishing Season

Early Trout Options: 2019

Looking for a unique trout fishing experience?  We’ve added a second week of this great trip – but only four anglers will get to go (contact us).

Season Calendar and Lodge Info
The camp is filling up quick for 2019, but contact us about any open spots this year or to plan for 2020…
Contact Anglers Alibi
Read About Where You’ll Fish
Check our 2020 Season Calendar

Island Point Lodge Offers Petersburg Guests A Family Atmosphere

Island Point Lodge

An interview with Frank Stelmach, owner of Island Point Lodge in Petersburg (800-352-4522;
Alaska Sporting Journal How did you get involved in
the business?
FRANK STELMACH In 1982, my son and I, along with four other friends, decided to go to Alaska for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip. We continued to go to Alaska every year with various groups of friends and acquaintances. In 1988, I purchased a camp for my personal use.
Later that year my son decided to move to Alaska. In 1989, he and I decided to open a lodge that would cater to the common angler by setting a price that was affordable. The first year we took six fishermen a week, doubled that the second year, then to 18 and up from there.
ASJ Tell us about the fishing at Island Point Lodge.
FS We fish for all five species of Pacific salmon throughout the summer salmon runs. Kings begin to show in May and run to the end of July before spawning in August. Late June and into July the sockeye arrive. They are mostly a river fish as are pink salmon, which arrive in late July along with the chum. Some of the best salmon fishing is for coho, which arrive in early August and run into late September.
We fish for halibut in 20 to 90 feet of water using 1-pound weights. Most other areas of Alaska like Ketchikan, Sitka and other areas will normally fish 200 to 500 feet with 5-pound weights. They do have some shallow areas as we do, but they find better action at the deeper waters. The reason we fish the shallow water is that Petersburg has several canneries that process a lot of fish with scraps going out as waste. The main reason we fish shallow is that after the salmon spawn, they die and float out the rivers into the bays to become food for the halibut and crabs, as well as the seals and sea lions. We have several varieties of rockfish, along with eels, octopus and crabs. The rivers also have cutthroat and Dolly Varden.

Island Point Lodge

ASJ What’s the dining experience like?
FS We start serving breakfast at 5 a.m.; pop your head in the kitchen door, see what the daily breakfast is and place your order. You can make your own sandwiches for lunch with meat selections from our refrigerator or you can come back to the lodge and eat. If you caught a crab, a salmon or some other fish, we will prepare it for you. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and usually at 6:30 we’ll have hors d’oeuvres. One night a week we do a pig roast on an outside grill; we have a game burger night, deep-fried halibut, grilled salmon, baked or grilled halibut, baked chicken and a spaghetti night.
ASJ Your website says you specialize in international guests. Can you share a story with some international visitors or any guests that’s memorable to you?
FS Most of our guests are from the United States and Canada, but we have had guests from New Zealand, Australia, England, Ireland, Spain and Germany. Our oldest international guest was 92 years old from Germany. He fished one of our rivers, Kah Sheets. To get to the waterfalls and pool is a 2-mile hike uphill on a boardwalk. He caught his limit of sockeye and carried them down with him to the boat; pretty good for a 92-year-old guy. Our oldest American guest was 95, a doctor from Yakima, Wash. He loved fishing for kings, and on his last trip before he passed away he caught a large salmon; he was very proud and happy with the fish.
ASJ What else is special about a stay at your lodge?
FS Besides all the fish, the next best reason is that we are located in Southeast Alaska in the Tongass National Forest. The scenery is spectacular because of the glaciers, snow-covered mountains, the bays, cove and channels. You can see humpback whales and orcas; they come through the Wrangell Narrows directly in front of the lodge. Seals and sea lions, sea otters and deer are at the foot of our decks. It’s not unusual to see moose, black bears and wolves swimming across the bays and channels or walking the shorelines. Lots of bald eagles everywhere. You get a great Alaskan experience when you come fishing in Alaska. Again, the attraction is fishing, but the experience is getting out there and enjoying nature.



Mattracks Takes Delivery of SXV Specialty Search & Rescue Vehicle Via C-130

Photos courtesy of Mattracks

The following press release is courtesy of Mattracks:

Karlstad, MN – If one happened to be near the Grand Forks International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, December 12th, they might have seen a C-130 emerge from the dense fog and land on the runway. It was the Air force delivering a special search and rescue vehicle to Mattracks, the leader in track conversion systems. The vehicle, named the SXV, is to be fitted with a specifically designed track system to greatly assist its off-road capability during search and rescue missions.

The Air Force has been working with Mattracks to upgrade its SXV midsized platform in order to give it the mobility required when running in snow, mud and other soft terrains while maintaining its capability in transition areas and hard surfaces. This Mattracks equipped vehicle will have the ability to be air dropped and be available to other branches of the Armed Forces.

Mattracks is currently working with and has contracts with the Army, Navy, and Marines on other applications and has a long history of supplying to the Armed Forces. Over the past two decades, Mattracks has been involved with multiple defense R&D projects. While they do not want to give out too many details on their customers for national security reasons, Mattracks’ CEO Glen Brazier says, “We are extremely proud to offer our services and products to the brave men and women who defend and protect our country.” When it comes to providing equipment for defense, such as search and rescue, dependability is paramount; and as such, Mattracks products are continually the obvious choice.

Mattracks, located in Karlstad MN, is an international company that designs, builds and markets wheel to rubber track conversions for almost any multi-axle vehicle. They manufacture over 150 different models that they have sold all over the world, on all seven continents, and for the past 25 years. These systems are found on ATV’s, UTV’s, trucks, tractors, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and military vehicles. Mattracks also designs many systems for custom applications servicing many different industries including the defense industry. Mattracks is the original designer of rubber track conversion systems and has been first in releasing nearly every innovation related to this segment of the market. In fact, if one sees a vehicle with rubber tracks, it is either Mattracks or an imitator who owes its heritage to Mattracks.

Additional information is available by contacting Mattracks, Inc. at 218-683-9800, 877-436-7800 (toll-free US & Canada) or 218-436-7000. Visit us online at, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or email us at Check out video on the event here.