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OWAA elects new board second vice president and secretary

MISSOULA, Mont. – At the recent Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conference, the OWAA Board of Directors elected Lisa Densmore, of Red Lodge, Mont., to serve as second vice president of the association. Mark Herwig, of St. Paul, Minn., was elected secretary of the board.

Lisa Densmore recently served on the OWAA Board of Directors from 2008-2011. She will serve a three-year term as vice president, ascending to OWAA president in 2015. An OWAA member since 2003, Densmore is an award-winner communicator who has worked in a variety of media outlets, from television to writing and photographing for print and online outlets, covering a wide range of outdoor subjects.

In a letter provided to her electors – the OWAA Board of Directors – Densmore wrote: “At my first conference, 2004 in Spokane, Wash., I had the good fortune to win the President’s Choice Award for television production for my first-ever entry in the Excellence in Craft Contests. After receiving my plaque, my mentor, the late Tony Dean, congratulated me and then said, ‘Lisa, you’ve really come into this organization with a bang, but to truly get the most out of it, you gotta give back.’ I took his words to heart, and they’ve proved true year after year. OWAA has given me work opportunities, new skills and friendships. As importantly, I’ve had the pleasure and personal reward of helping OWAA members and the organization itself meet its challenges … I believe the combination of my longtime involvement with OWAA as a professional journalist and my other work experiences would allow me to competently fulfill the duties of second vice president.”

Mark Herwig will serve a three-year term as secretary of the OWAA Board of Directors. He has been an outdoor writer since freelancing for the Colorado Outdoors and Colorado Wildlife Federation magazines in the early 1980s. He has been editor of Pheasants Forever’s three magazines and a blog since 1998, as well as freelance writer for such publications as the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s Whitetales magazine and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s Conservation Volunteer magazine.

“My newest passion is improving 44 acres of forest I purchased last year near Duluth, Minnesota, for game and non-game wildlife. I was asked to run for this position by a current board member and, considering what the outdoors has given me and the OWAA, I felt it was time to give back,” Herwig said.

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