The Wild Steelhead Coalition “Conservation Award” is presented to an individual or group that, through their actions and/or accomplishments, have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the protection and propagation of wild steelhead.
This years Conservation Award winner is a native of Oregon and has been involved in fish conservation work for over 30 years. He has worked for agencies such as the Columbia River Fisheries Council and the Columbia River InterTribal Fish Commission. He has also written over 100 articles for sporting, news and scientific journals on fish conservation. His work has been noted in numerous books about salmon conservation including A Common Fate by Joseph Cone, Song For The Blue Ocean by Carl Safina, and A River Lost by Blaine Harden. His conservation work has appeared on national and international media including NOVA, ABC and BBC radio and television.
And finally our award winner has founded several environmental groups aimed at native fish conservation, the latest group he formed and now works, is the Native Fish Society, a regional organization to protect and restore native fish fauna in the northwestern United States.
The Wild Steelhead Coalition is honored to present this years Conservation Award to Bill Martin Bakke in recognition of 40 years of native fish advocacy and protection.
Bill regrets that he could not attend this evening, Bill said is very honored that the WSC choose to recognize his work. He also said he would be very honored if his friend and fellow steelhead conservationist Bill McMillian could accept this award and say a few words words on his behalf. Ladies and Gentleman Bill McMillian.