Olav Smedal Conservation Award

The Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and the Story County Conservation Board are seeking nominees for the Olav Smedal Conservation Award. The award was initiated in 1988 by The Daily Tribune to honor Olav Smedal, who spent 22 years as an outdoor writer and 17 years as the outdoor editor for the paper. The award seeks to honor those who, by their actions or communications, have done the most to accurately present to the public of mid-Iowa excellence in the conservation of the natural resources (i.e. air, water, woods, wildlife and soil), and outdoor pursuits representing the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship.

Preference will be given to individuals who exhibit excellence in providing public information, leadership and/or involvement. Those making the nominations should send a letter indicating: the nominee's background; a description of a successful program, project or event for which the nominee was responsible; the measurable results that were achieved; and the impact of the program, project, or event on the general public of mid-Iowa.

Deadline for nominations is Oct. 21. To submit a nomination, send it to Olav Smedal Conservation Award Committee, c/o Michael Meetz 20267 580th St., Nevada, IA 50201.

HISTORY

This award is presented annually to honor those who, by their actions or communications, have done the most to accurately present to the public of mid-Iowa excellence in the conservation of our natural resources and outdoor pursuits representing the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship.  Olav was able to participate in some of these presentations until his death on November 27, 1993, at age 88.

Several years after the initiation of the award by The Daily Tribune, the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and the Story County Conservation Board assumed sponsorship of the award.  This seemed appropriate, as Olav was a "founding father" and charter member of the local Ikes and a strong supporter of Story County Conservation.

A committee comprised of members from the Ames Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and the Story County Conservation Board selects the annual recipient.  A permanent plaque, with name plates recognizing all past award winners, is displayed at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park north of Ames, and each recipient receives a beautiful, full-size personal plaque.  Funding for the plaques is provided by the Ames Ikes.  Promotion of the award program is primarily by The Daily Tribune, which also provides public recognition and publicity for each winner.  Recipients to date are:

1988   Dale Brentnall
1989   Bill Horine 
1990   Steve Lekwa 
1991   Nancy Kurrle
1992   Cele Burnett
1993   David Van Waus
1994   Robert Pinneke
1995   Jim Pease
1996   George Patrick
1997   Ed Powell
1998   Mike Meetz
1999   Linda & Hank Zaletel 
2000   Ervin Klaas
2001   Cindy Hildebrand
2002   Jim Dinsmore
2003   Todd Burras
2004   Jim Colbert
2005   John Pohlman
2006   Rick Dietz
2007   Jimmie Thompson
2008   Carl & Linda Kurtz
2009   Gaylan & Lloyd Crim
2010   Deb Lewis
2011   Tom Rosburg
2012   Bruce & Marlene Ehresman
2013   Pat Schlarbaum
2014   Mike Todd

RESOLUTION

February 6, 1988

After 39 years of association with The Daily Tribune, 22 years as outdoor writer and columnist and 17 as outdoor editor, Olav Smedal retired on January 28, 1988.  During these years, Smedal brought his life-long interest in the outdoors and the conservation of our natural resources to the citizens of mid-Iowa through the pages of The Daily Tribune.

Smedal has given publicity to the purposes and goals of many associations and organizations throughout the years including the Izaak Walton League of America, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Wildlife Federation, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Conservation Commission (Iowa Department of Natural Resources), Tourism Division of the Iowa Development Commission, Story County Conservation Board, and many others.

Because of his many long-term contributions on behalf of conservation on the local, state, and national levels, The Daily Tribune is proud to establish the Olav Smedal Conservation Award.  This award will be presented to a person or persons annually to honor a man who, through The Daily Tribune’s long-running Outdoor Page, kept thousands of people in touch with the outdoors and brought to mid-Iowa an awareness of the need to conserve our natural resources.