The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award. Nominations are due by Aug. 7.

This award honors individuals who have been dedicated to the use of the state's natural resources and who are embedded in Maine’s rich outdoor traditions. Hunting, fishing and trapping are an important part of the heritage of the state of Maine and this award celebrates the achievements of an individual while sharing their experiences for the benefit of future generations.

The Department seeks nominations of individuals who have hunted, trapped and fished in Maine for a combined total of 40 years. For example, an individual who has fished for 20 years, trapped for 10 years and hunted for 10 years or who has fished for 30 years and hunted for 10 years would be an ideal candidate. Candidates should have also demonstrated a form of mentoring, teaching or instructing outdoor activities.

Nominations should include the nominee’s name, address, phone number, photograph and a few paragraphs about the individual, their experience in the Maine outdoors, and an explanation of why they are a deserving candidate. Make sure that information is complete. The nominator’s contact information should also be included. Nominations may be sent by email to Bonnie Holding at bonnie.holding@maine.gov or by mail to 284 State St, SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333. Those who nominated an individual last year and would like to nominate that person again this year, should contact Bonnie Holding. If preferred, a nomination form can be downloaded at maine.gov/ifw/pdfs/lifetimeoutdoorachievementaward.pdf

The recipient(s) of this year’s Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award will be selected by a committee of individuals from the department and will be recognized at the Sportsman Alliance of Maine Banquet in Waterville Sept. 9.