CANASTOTA, N.Y. — When the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame inducts its 2011 class on April 30, a Houlton, Maine, native will be among eight honorees.
Bob Fields of Holland Patent, N.Y., who grew up in Houlton and was a 1951 graduate of Houlton High School, is among those being honored for their longtime service in preserving the state’s outdoor heritage and helping others experience it.
Fields has been an active member of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited and has served the organization in many capacities, including as website manager and volunteering at an annual Trout and Salmon Expo. His work with the “Trout in the Classroom” program is also cited as a primary reason for his hall of fame induction.
During Fields’ involvement with the Trout in the Classroom project, the number of participating schools grew from one to 42. Fields has spent considerable time at schools convincing administrators and teachers the value of the program, which allows students to raise trout from eggs, and to learn valuable conservation lessons.
Fields spent hours at his own expense visiting the classrooms, delivering trout eggs, supplies and equipment, and giving conservation lessons.