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Kudos continued for bass fishing in West Virginia as both its Federation and Federation president were honored with two prestigious awards.
B.A.S.S. Member of the Year John Burdette was honored as the West Virginia Sportsman of the Year at the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration. The Federation was bestowed another accolade, receiving the West Virginia Conservation Organization of the Year.
"The West Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation has truly become one of the state's most active and important organizations for conservation," remarked DNR Director Ed Hamrick. "They have been tireless in their efforts to help out whenever we've needed volunteers or resources to put programs together."
Hamrick noted the monetary contributions and manpower provided by the Federation for the annual Governor's Spring Turkey Challenge; an event for the winners of an essay contest among West Virginia students.
What is more, Hamrick singled out the Federation for assisting his agency with fish sampling, working on courtesy docks, and supporting and consulting on DNR management decisions.
"No organization can be successful without a good leader," said Hamrick of Federation President John Burdette. "John has taken an active role in organizing the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation and forging a strong relationship between his people and the DNR."