Norm Ritchie Wins Prestigious Award at National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting
"For almost three decades Norm Ritchie has been a leading voice for cold water habitat restoration and fishing advocacy in the state of Oregon."
Norm Ritchie of Portland, Oregon has been selected as the recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 2014 National Conservation Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding contribution of time, talents and service to support NWF and its state affiliate’s mission. The award will be presented on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at NWF’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
"For almost three decades Norm Ritchie has been a leading voice for salmon and steelhead recovery, cold water habitat restoration and fishing advocacy in the state of Oregon,” said Les Welsh, Pacific associate director of the National Wildlife Federation. "Norm understands the connection between healthy fish habitat and great angling experiences. He is an example to sportsmen and women everywhere on the value of being involved on-the-ground and in policy decisions to conserve fish and wildlife for future generations to enjoy."
A member of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders since 1988, Ritchie has focused his efforts in recovering both wild salmon and steelhead populations and restoring their habitats. He has led efforts in philanthropy, policy development and on-the-ground restoration for the NWF affiliate. Ritchie has authored key fishery policy proposals, including a proposal that resulted in the significant reduction of fish mortality rates. As one of the best advocates for policy reform in the state of Oregon, Ritchie has led an excellent example of outstanding wildlife conservation.
"Nothing is as thrilling as hooking a spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River," said Ritchie. "And nothing tastes better on a barbecue grill!"
National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the organization’s conservation efforts and works to create solutions to protect America’s water, air, and wildlife habitat for future generations.