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Missoula, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) membership recently cast votes to elect three new members to the board of directors: Mark Freeman (Oregon), Brett Prettyman (Utah) and Paul Queneau (Montana). All three Active members will take their board seats on June 13, in conjunction with OWAA’s annual conference in Rochester, Minn., June 10-13.
Mark Freeman anchors a weekly four-page outdoors section in the Mail Tribune newspaper, which is centered in Medford, Ore., and covers southern Oregon and northern California. He’s been the outdoor columnist and a member of the paper’s environmental reporting team for the past 21 years. His beat covers issues ranging from traditional hook-and-bullet columns to in-depth reporting on endangered species issues and even hosting a series of online videos and blogs.
Brett Prettyman has been an outdoor writer with the Salt Lake Tribune since 1990. The second edition of his book, “Fishing Utah,” came out in 2009. He is busy planning the 2011 OWAA Conference at Snowbird Resort, Utah. Brett lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Brooke, and three children, William, Lucie and Owen.
Paul Queneau is conservation editor of Bugle magazine at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, where he also works on video, television and Web productions. Queneau became an OWAA member three years ago and helped launch Outdoors Unlimited Online, refresh the OWAA website and lead conference seminars. He is also an avid wildlife photographer and videographer, Toastmaster, husband, father of two young boys, and most recently, a Cub Scout den leader.
The May 7 election took place at the Missoula Senior Service Center. Ballots were opened, tabulated and certified by tellers Marlene Waylett, Shirley Lanfear and Shirley Williams, volunteers from Missoula Senior Services.
Since its inception in 1927, OWAA has become the largest and oldest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. OWAA’s mission is to improve the professional skills of its members, set the highest ethical and communications standards, encourage public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources and mentor the next generation of professional outdoor communicators. The national headquarters is located in Missoula, Mont. For more information, go to http://www.owaa.org