Students who fish and hunt can write for trip to D.C.

Have a story to tell about public lands? We want to hear it.

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, a coalition dedicated to balancing energy development with conservation on public lands invites students to tell us what public lands have meant in their lives in the first ever SFRED Youth Essay Contest. Five winners selected by a panel of representatives from the three SFRED partner organizations will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of each winner’s congressional delegation as well as leaders from the administration and national conservation groups.

Here's the general breakdown. For complete rules and more information about SFRED, go to sfred.org

Contestants Must Be:
• From 15 to 19 years old
• A hunter or angler who uses or aspires to use public lands for outdoor recreation

The Essay/Blog Must Be:
• The work of the submitter
• Center around the theme of “The importance of public lands to me.”
• Describe the importance of public lands (lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, US Bureau of Reclamation or other federal agency)
• Up to 800 words and may include photos

• Submitted to Brad Powell, Senior Policy Director of the Sportsmen's Conservation Project at Trout Unlimited, bpowell@tu.org, no later than 11:59 PM EDT on Jan. 15, 2014.

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