The Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) recently selected James Kellogg, president of the Fish and Game, as its Californian of the Year for 2012. According to OWAC, Kellogg has been a 10-year member of the California Fish & Game Commission and has consistently displayed a balanced sense of fair play regarding the environment, conservation and preservation of California’s resources.
Kellogg has presided over many controversial topics. He has also served as the International Representative to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, a position he has held since 1992. He serves on the Executive Board of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and is a former member of the California Transportation Commission.
Kellogg is a member of California Waterfowl Association, Outdoor Sportsmen’s Coalition of California, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Deer Association, and Ducks Unlimited.
OWAC presented Kellogg with the Californian of the Year award at its fall conference, which was held at Mammoth Lakes on September 16th. The award goes to the person who exemplifies the spirit of the outdoors through contributions above and beyond the call of duty. Candidates are nominated by OWAC Active or Supporting Members, and presented to the full membership for vote.
Past winners of the Californian of the Year award include Congressman George Miller of Martinez; science teacher Tom Furrer of Petaluma; fishery biologist Tom Hampson; Inland Fisheries President Rod Browning, all Californians who have worked to educate our citizens and enhance the outdoor recreation opportunities.
The OWAC was created in 1986 and boasts approximately 180 members and 75 supporting members representing newspaper and magazine staff writers and editors, freelance writers, book authors, radio and television broadcasters, online communicators, video producers, photographers, lecturers and information officers. For more information visit www.owac.org.