COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Berkley Conservation Institute (BCI) awarded the New York BASS Federation Nation Club Salt City Bassmasters the annual Berkley Angler Conservation Award. The $2000 award was presented at the BASS Federation Nation Appreciation Banquet Feb. 21 in Birmingham, Alabama. BASS Conservation Director Chris Horton made the announcement.
The Salt City Bassmasters, located in Syracuse, recognized the invasion of water chestnut plants to be a critical detriment to the local waterways. "The goal was to develop a multi-year project to prevent the spread of the non-native species in the Three Rivers Region of Central New York," said New York BASS Chapter Federation Conservation Director Burnie Haney. "Since 2007 the Salt City Bassmasters have committed time and resources to this cause and have removed by hand 10,000 pounds of water chestnuts from the area."
Assisting the Salt City club were anglers from other central New York clubs including the Salt City Bassmasters Juniors, Good Ole Boys Bassmasters and Juniors and the Northern NY Bassmasters II along with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Onondaga County Water Quality Management Program and Gander Mountain.
"Protecting and enhancing our waterways for the future of fishing is invaluable to our sport and our heritage," said Jim Martin, BCI Conservation Director. "The work of these dedicated anglers in New York exemplifies the character and commitment of anglers across our nation and it is my privilege along with the Berkley Conservation Institute to honor the New York BASS Federation Nation and the Salt City Bassmasters with our Berkley Angler Conservation Award."
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