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Wildlife Forever CEO Retiring After 25 Years


The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever: 

White Bear Lake, MN – After 25 years of service to fish and wildlife conservation, Wildlife Forever’s President & CEO, Douglas Grann has announced his retirement and turned over the leadership reins to Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President.

Grann joined the non-profit organization in March of 1992. Prior to Wildlife Forever, he was Executive Vice President, Voyageur Art specializing in state duck-stamp prints and created the Australia “First of Nation” Duck Stamp Program.  He also served as Director of Operations for the National Wild Turkey Federation, starting their popular Super Fund Banquet program.

Mr. Grann’s responsibilities included the leadership of Wildlife Forever, management of staff and programs, plus creation and development of national campaigns. Grann states his greatest achievement was ensuring no less than 80% of every dollar raised was spent on conservation.  This goal was accomplished for 25 years with 94% of all revenue going directly to mission, confirmed by independent audits, in recent years.

“Wildlife Forever was built and supported by individuals who care deeply about the future of fish and wildlife.” said Mr. Grann.  “I am most thankful for those dedicated members, directors, staff and sponsors who invested in conservation and believed in developing stewardship in America’s youth. Thank you all, it has been a privilege to guide Wildlife Forever.”

Under his direction, numerous national initiatives have flourished.  He was instrumental in the creation of the State-Fish Art Contest (SFA); Master’s Walleye Circuit (MWC), World Walleye Championship (WWC); Handicapped Americans for Wildlife Conservation (HAWC); Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA); “Racing for Wildlife” (NASCAR); and the Clean Drain Dry (CD2) Initiative.

One of the best measures of success comes from credibility and what others say about one’s work. Over Grann’s 25-year span, Wildlife Forever has received 60 special recognitions and major awards from state and federal agencies, corporations and governmental organizations.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Doug Grann,” said Scott Grieve, Chairman, Wildlife Forever.  “I have served on the Board during Doug’s building of the organization and developing programs.  His tireless work on behalf of conservation and education is admired by everyone who knows him. We look forward to his continued leadership and new role as President of the Board.”

Grieve further said, “Wildlife Forever believes conservation education will ultimately determine the future of America’s fish & wildlife heritage. It is only through education and participation that we will pass on the stewardship of our natural resources to the next generation.”

As Wildlife Forever moves forward this vision remains the same for Pat Conzemius.  Pat has served for the past 10 years as Conservation Director and has handled all conservation projects, partnerships, grants and campaigns.  Conzemius concluded, “I am proud to continue this legacy Doug has built and will do all I can to ensure we maintain the highest of standards and always work to conserve America’s fish and wildlife.”

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 30 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. Recent audit reveals a 94% to mission rating.  To join and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.

Giant Chinook One Of The First Catches Of Season

Steamboat Bay's resident manager, Brandi Cornelius, shows off an almost 57-pound Chinook. (STEAMBOAT BAY FISHING CLUB)

Steamboat Bay’s resident manager, Brandi Cornelius, shows off an almost 57-pound Chinook. (STEAMBOAT BAY FISHING CLUB)

Thanks to Steamboat Bay Fishing Club’s (800-354-3474; steamboatbay.com) PR rep Emily Briner for the report on this massive Chinook, caught near the lodge in Southeast Alaska. (Briner reports this was a native Chinook and not an adipose fin-clipped hatchery fish):

On Steamboat Bay Fishing Club‘s opening day in Southeast Alaska, Dan Sobek of Southern California reeled in the first catch of the season, a trophy-size king salmon weighing in at 56.8 pounds. A Chinook of this size this early in the season indicates that big king salmon will be abundant at Southeast Alaska’s legendary fishing spots all season long, now through mid-August.
Guests at the closest lodge to the best fishing in Southeast Alaska are enjoying 2014’s increased limits for king salmon, as set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The season limits mean nonresident guests at Steamboat Bay can keep up to two king salmon per day during peak season, doubling the allowance from earlier years. Combine these copious limits and signs of plentiful fish with Steamboat Bay’s recent accommodation expansion and new upgraded fishing fleet, and this season is set to be one for the record books.  

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