Congratulations to David Ramsey for being named 2011 Conservation Hero of the Year by Field & Stream Magazine. We can’t think of anyone more deserving than Ramsey to receive this honor.
It was Ramsey who has led efforts to protect the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork wilderness area in Unicoi and Greene counties. It is through his hard work and dedication that the area will be spared from development and held in trust for future generations of East Tennesseans to enjoy and cherish.
Ramsey is a gifted nature photographer, a devoted fly fisherman and longtime Mahoney’s Outfitters employee.
He has used his talents and love of the outdoors over the last 15 years to champion the preservation of Rocky Fork. His lush photographs helped chronicle why this scenic gem of our region should be protected. He devoted his time and passion to telling others, particularly those in political office, why preserving this area is so important to promoting ecotourism, preserving natural beauty and protecting the watershed.
And as Press staff writer Amanda Marsh reported in Thursday’s paper, receiving the award doesn’t mean Ramsey’s work is finished. He’s now working to raise the $5 million needed to repay the Conservation Fund for the money it put toward the purchase of Rocky Fork in 2008.
Ramsey is just one of the many Unsung Heroes who make a difference in our communities every day. We want to hear about other Unsung Heroes and you can help by sending us whatever information you can about these individuals to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.