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Chevy Chase Resident Honored for Local Conservation Work by Field & Stream Magazine
Chevy Chase Resident Honored for Local Conservation Work by Field & Stream Magazine

Jim Greene of Chevy Chase, Md. Profiled in Conjunction with Field & Stream’s Heroes of Conservation Awards; Wins $500 conservation grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

New York, N.Y.—January 25, 2011Field & Stream, the world’s leading outdoor magazine, profiles Jim Greene of Chevy Chase, Md. for his extraordinary contributions to conservation in its February 2011 issue, on newsstands and available at FieldandStream.com/heroes now.  Each month Field & Stream honors three grassroots conservationists as part of its Heroes of Conservation program, which is dedicated to recognizing sportsmen who go above and beyond in the protection of fish, wildlife and habitat. Greene will receive a $500 conservation grant from Field & Stream’s Heroes of Conservation partner Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and is also eligible for the Heroes of Conservation grand prize, a new Toyota Tundra. For more information or to nominate an individual involved in a conservation project, please visit FieldandStream.com/heroes.

Greene coordinates Trout Unlimited’s Trout in the Classroom program in Maryland, which provides about 30 schools with fertilized rainbow trout eggs.

Greene, who is also a Coastal Conservation Association board member, describes it as a coldwater conservation program disguised as trout raising. “The underlying purpose is to get kids to appreciate clean coldwater streams,” he says. In eight years, he has worked with more than 100 classes, helping to set up the equipment and conduct stream sampling.

“I began seeing the places I loved to fish in my younger days being degraded by poor conservation practices, not only here but in other countries around the world where I fished. I saw we were destroying that environment and there would be no where for my grand children to fish if we did nothing about it. Seeing those kinds of things and thinking about what we used to have and still could have if we put our minds to it got me into conservation," says Greene.

Greene’s Trout in the Classroom started in 1 county and is now in 9; in 3 schools and is now in 33 schools in Montgomery County, Md. “Schools get 55 aquariums. We provide them with trout eggs and the kids hatch the eggs, raise the trout and stock them in streams in the spring. It’s a great program because the kids are learning about conservation although it is a trout raising program. Our hope is by doing this we’re creating kids who will understand why it’s important to have cold, clean water in our streams,” says Greene.

As far as winning goes, “I’m shocked,” Greene chuckles. “But I’m pleased because it’s symbolic of the importance of what a whole bunch of people around the country are trying to do.”

And just when you thought Jim Greene couldn’t be any more gracious, read how he plans to use his $500 winnings. “I’m using the $500 to plan a trout in the classroom fishing day so the kids in the classroom can come out and go fishing,” he beams.  “I’ll use the money to stock the lake with trout and pan fish so the kids will have something to catch and I’ll probably set this up sometime for April.”

“Hunters and fishermen have never been afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work in the name of protecting America’s wildlife and wild places, and Greene is a great example of that ethos hard at work," says Anthony Licata, Editor of Field & Stream. "Conservation is and will always be an integral part of hunting and fishing and men and women like Greene are crucial to keeping our traditions alive for generations to come.”

Now in its sixth year, Field & Stream’s Heroes of Conservation program is dedicated to honoring individuals involved in grassroots projects to preserve the land, water and wildlife vital to sportsman’s pursuits. Every month the magazine highlights three “Heroes of Conservation,” who each receive a $500 grant from program partner Toyota.  To be considered for the program, individuals must be involved in a hunting- and/or fishing-related conservation project that is well under way with outstanding results. Selections are based on a number of factors, including leadership, commitment and project growth.

"This program is very important to Toyota because it recognizes individuals who are making a difference in the world," said Keith Dahl, National Marketing Manager for Toyota. "These people aren't looking for reward or praise—they’re just passionate about protecting and preserving the environment. We take great pride in partnering with Field & Stream to showcase these individuals’ efforts and achievements on a national level."

Field & Stream’s Heroes of Conservation program culminates each fall when the magazine names the “Conservation Hero of the Year” and awards him or her a new Toyota Tundra. Six finalists, selected from the Heroes profiled in the monthly editions of the magazine, are selected and flown to Washington D.C. for an awards gala where the Hero of the Year is named and each finalist receives a $5,000 conservation grant from Toyota.