Press Release

MWGO Announces Conservation Winner

Annually the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization nominates someone to receive their Conservation Award. This person has to have done extensive volunteer service and has a lifetime involvement and commitment to conservation, needs to have made a positive impact in any of the following areas: the conservation of remote back country, protection of wilderness, wildlife, or cold water fisheries.

With these parameters in mind and the accomplishments of the Penobscot River Restoration with the breaching of the Veazie Dan the Maine Wilderness Guides Organizations is proud to announce this year’s winner is John Banks.

John Banks is the Director of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Nation and he will receive the Maine Wilderness Guides 2014 Conservation Award for his work on the Penobscot River Restoration Project. John will always be remembered for his words “We are the river. The river is us. It is in our veins. It is the absolute center of who we are as a tribal people.”

-John Banks, Penobscot ~

Past recipients are of MWO’s Conservation Award are; Ray “Bucky” Owen – former IF&W Commissioner, C “Bill” Townsend, Jon Lund, Karin Tilberg.

The Award will be presented to John at the Maine Wilderness Guides Annual Meeting this Sunday at the Eddington Salmon Club on Rte 9. For more info go to: