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Times' writer receives award
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Monroe Times outdoors writer Lee Fahrney, delegate to the Wisconsin Conserv-ation Congress from Iowa County, recently received the Heavy Lifter Award as the member contributing the most to the organization during the past year.

Fahrney, of Hollandale, received the award at the Congress' annual convention in La Crosse in May. In presenting the award, Conservation Congress Chairman Edgar Harvey said Fahrney was "quick to volunteer for any task and always comes through for us."

Harvey cited his work with the Wisconsin Youth Outdoor Expo and the recently established Congress newsletter, Conservation Chronicle, as examples of his many contributions to the organization. According to Harvey, he also volunteered many hours to set up and staff the organization's Wall of Fame, an exhibit depicting Wisconsin's rich outdoor heritage.

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress serves in an advisory capacity to the Natural Resources Board, Department of Natural Resources and the Legislature on issues relating to hunting, fishing and trapping.

The origins of the Conservation Congress date back to 1934 when three of Wisconsin's most influential conservationists, UW Professor Aldo Leopold, Chief Warden Harley MacKenzie and Superintendent of Game William Grimmer formed the county-based system of citizen involvement.

The 360 delegates to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress now serve in every county in Wisconsin, assisting with hunter education programs, serving in leadership roles in local organizations and acting as mentors to the next generation of sportsmen and women.

Delegates also serve as a sounding board during the annual spring hearings held in each county throughout the state and process public input through more than 24 study committees.