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Youth trappers Camp founder named Outstanding Conservationist

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NATURAL BRIDGE — A well-known outdoorswoman is again being honored for sharing her love of nature and the great outdoors.

Patricia A. Arnold will receive the New York Chapter of the Wildlife Society’s Outstanding Conservationist Award for 2014. The award will be presented during the society’s annual meeting at 11 a.m. Friday at the Oxford Rod and Gun Club.

According to the society’s website, the Outstanding Conservationist Award is presented to an individual, or group of individuals working together, outside the wildlife profession for making significant contributions to the field of wildlife management; for furthering public understanding of the wildlife resources; or for developing, initiating or coordinating programs in the wildlife management field that have notably enhanced wildlife resources in New York state.

Ms. Arnold said the statewide award has the affiliation of the national organization.

“It’s awarded from a biologist’s point of view and usually goes to people who have PhDs,” Ms. Arnold said. “How they came up with me, I have no idea, but I’m thrilled. ... It’s really super.”

Nominated for the award by Gordon Batcheller, chief wildlife biologist of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Ms. Arnold is being honored as founder of a youth camp sponsored by the New York State Trappers Association.

The Pat Arnold Youth Trappers Camp was named in recognition of her leadership and vision in getting it established, said Michael S. Fishman, president of the New York Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

“The camp was developed from an idea that Pat voiced about five years ago of putting on a special opportunity for young people over a three-day weekend to teach the required state trapper education course in conjunction with an A-to-Z introduction to all aspects of trapping, with a focus on ethics and responsibilities of trappers as conservationists,” Mr. Fishman said.

Ms. Arnold also was honored for establishing the youth trappers camp by the state Trappers Association in 2011.

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