June 29, 2016

About Tom Sadler

Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Key grip and trout wrangler at Dispatches from the Middle River. Playing Doc Holliday to the Wyatt Earps of the fish and wildlife conservation world. Tenkara fly-fisherman, outdoor journalist, AFFTA board member.

2014 AFFTA Executive Committee


From AFFTA News October 24, 2013 Bozeman, MT- The Board of Directors for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), recently elected four directors to serve as the Executive Committee for the next calendar year. The Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the business and affairs of AFFTA and to ensure the mission and goals […]

AFFTA Elects 2014 Board of Directors

From AFFTA News Bozeman, Montana 9/16/13- Eight members of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) were elected or re-elected recently by the membership. The newly elected Board of Directors will begin their three-year terms starting October 18, 2013. Dustin Carlson, Grizzly Hackle Holdings, LLC Bruce Chard, Florida Keys Fly Fishing Guide Riley Cotter, Umpqua […]

OWAA taps Sadler as executive director


MISSOULA, Mont. — The Outdoor Writers Association of America announces the hiring of Tom Sadler as the organization’s executive director. Sadler is a lifelong outdoorsman and has worked for years in both the conservation and outdoor recreation arenas. A former U.S. Navy Reserve officer and an avid angler and hunter, he lives in Verona, Va., in the […]

National Parks Serve as Powerful Economic Engines for Local Communities, Supporting 252,000 Jobs


Visitor Spending Results in $30.1 Billion Economic Benefit 02/25/2013 Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202-208-6416 Jeffrey Olson (NPS) 202-208-6843 WASHINGTON – National Parks continued to be important economic engines for local communities, with visitors generating $30.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 252,000 jobs nationwide in 2011, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the […]

AFFTA Praises Secretary of Interior Nomination


2/6/2013 Benjamin Bulis ben@affta.com (406) 522-1556 Statement from Benjamin Bulis, president, American Fly Fishing Trade Association: “We applaud the nomination of outdoor recreation industry leader, Sally Jewell. She is an excellent choice who understands the critical formula of healthy habitat creating recreational opportunity that drives economic activity. She has been a strong advocate for the […]

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar, Jarvis Celebrate Pinnacles’ New Status as 59th National Park

President signs legislation to elevate status of 1908 national monument in California’s Gabilan Mountains 01/11/2013 Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202 208-6416 David Barna (NPS) 202-208-6843 Karen Beppler-Dorn (NPS) 831-389-4486   WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today celebrated the establishment of America’s 59th national […]

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: White River and its Watershed in Arkansas and Missouri Recognized as Second “National Blueway”


Designation to Boost Tourism, Expand Recreational Opportunities and Fuel Local Economies 01/09/2013 Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202-208-6416 Courtney Rowe (USDA) 202-720-2971 Moira Kelley (Army) 703-614-3992 LITTLE ROCK, AR— Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes today announced that the White River, along with its watershed, has been named the nation’s second National Blueway. Hayes […]

AFFTA Announces Liability Insurance Program For Guides and Outfitters


Group Commercial Liability Insurance for Guides and Outfitters 1/2/13-Bozeman, Mont. The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) is excited to announce a major new member benefit for fly fishing outfitters and guides, as well as retailers that offer in-house guiding and outfitting. Beginning this month, AFFTA members in all 50 states who make a living […]

America’s Great Outdoors Progress Report Highlights Conservation, Recreation Successes


12/04/2012 Contact: (CEQ) Taryn Tuss (202) 456-6998 (DOI) Blake Androff (202) 208-6416 (USDA) Courtney Rowe (202) 720-4623 (EPA) press@epa.gov (DOA) Moira Kelly (703) 614-3992 WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama Administration today released a report detailing key successes of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO), including advancing local conservation priorities, expanding access to lands and waters for […]

National Public Lands Day: Step-up and Speak-out

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September 29th marks a deer opener in Western Oregon; waterfowl opener in Montana; moose opener in Minnesota; and last but certainly not least…National Public Lands Day in the United States of America! To honor National Public Lands Day, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is asking sportsmen everywhere to step-up and speak-out for the public lands we all enjoy. […]