SCI Members Up for Conservation Accolade


Mar 11, 2001
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SCI Members Up for Conservation Accolade


TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 3, 2004 – Safari Club International congratulates SCI Life Member Janet Nyce of Green Lane, Pennsylvania and SCI Oklahoma Station chapter member Bill Crawford of Frederick, Oklahoma for being two of the four finalists for Budweiser’s 2005 Conservationist of the Year Award.

Nyce and Crawford each represent years of selfless service to the causes of wildlife conservation, outdoor education and outdoor sportsmanship.

“I can’t tell you what a privilege it is to be one of the four finalists for this great honor,” said Nyce, a 14-year SCI veteran and current special youth liaison on Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. “As a committed conservationist and sportswoman, the greatest satisfaction for me has always been that I have made a difference in improving the state of wildlife and outdoor opportunities, especially for women and kids. That Budweiser has taken notice is proof positive of these improvements.”

This annual award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation wildlife and wild habitats. The winner will be given a $50,000 grant by Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to be used towards wildlife conservation efforts, as well as $5,000 to each of the runners up. Past SCI volunteers considered for this prestigious accolade include current SCI President John Monson (2004), SCI President-Elect Mike Simpson (2003), as well as former SCI Vice President Gloria Erickson (1999), who won.

As youth liaison, Nyce helps direct the efforts and activities of Gov. Rendell’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. She also coordinates a variety of outdoor events in Pennsylvania that focus on women, such as Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Women in the Outdoors and Women On Target.

Past President of SCI’s Lehigh Valley Chapter, Nyce also served a one-year term as an SCI Alternate Vice President (2000-2001) and two one-year terms as an SCI Director-At-Large (1999-2000 and 2001-2002). She also served a one-year term as SCI Region 25 Representative in 1998, and was honored with an SCI Regional Rep of the Year Award for her outstanding accomplishments in that capacity. In 2001, she received an SCI President’s Award, for her tireless work for conservation, outdoor sportsmanship and SCI.

Crawford, a member of SCI Oklahoma Station since 1995, has received numerous awards lauding his conservation efforts, including the Alexander Colder Award in 2001. He has served as SCI Oklahoma Station’s financial advisor and has contributed to SCI’s Political Action Committee, which helps preserve hunting freedoms by supporting pro-sportsmen and -conservation lawmakers. His primary support of chapter activities includes youth outdoor and hunting education efforts. For the past two years, Crawford also has hosted an annual dove hunt to support SCI Oklahoma Station’s fundraising efforts.

As an officer of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Crawford helped spearhead the Hackberry Flat Wetland Restoration Project, a six-year, $10 million effort to restore the 7,800-acre Hackberry Flat wetlands and conserve the waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds that call it home.

Currently, he and his wife are renovating a building in downtown Frederick into a natural history museum which will hose taxidermy mounts and dioramas of some 150 species from the United States, Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom. The purpose of this museum will be to educate the general public, and youth in particular, about the importance of conserving wildlife and the role sportsmen play in helping make conservation a reality.

Visit Budweiser’s official Web site,, for updates and to vote. Input your date-of-birth to enter the site, click on “Game Time,” then “Outdoors,” and finally “Conservationist of the Year”.

For more information on Safari Club International, call 520-620-1220 or visit


Steve Comus

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