Ignacio, Colo- Four Corners SCI is pleased to announce that Dick Ray, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., is the 2022 Jim Willems Commitment to Conservation Award Recipient.

“We are so proud of Mr. Ray and all of his accomplishments,” said Jason Deweese, Four Corners SCI President.  

The Jim Willems Commitment to Conservation award was created in 2020 by the Four Corners SCI board to recognize a person within the Four Corners area who has gone above and beyond for conservation efforts. 

Ray is the retired owner of Lobo Outfitters located in Pagosa Springs, Colo., he is also well known for founding the Pagosa Springs Wild Animal Park.

Before he became an outfitter Dick Ray was a member of the New Mexico Houndsmen Association. Later, he founded the New Mexico Outfitters Association. He’s a past president of the Colorado Outfitters Association. You’ll find him speaking at Safari Club International’s Professional Outfitters and Guides Association meetings at their national convention. He’s a past Colorado Wildlife Commissioner and past President of the Colorado Outfitters Association.

“I don’t know of anyone who works as hard,” says Mia Anstine, SCI Regional Representative “We wish there were more people in our community who are as dedicated as Dick Ray is in his effort to conserve wildlife.”

To this day, Dick Ray can be found working to advocate for wildlife. He continues to work diligently to save trapping, hound hunts, maintain our elk populations in Southwest Colorado, oppose the forced introduction of wolves into New Mexico and later, battled to oppose wolf introduction into Colorado. He’s done all of this, and so much more because his commitment has always been to conservation. 

Commitment to Conservation Award:
The Four Corners SCI Jim Willems Commitment to Conservation Award recognizes a local man or woman who has gone above and beyond in the realm of wildlife conservation. The award winner is nominated by chapter members and voted upon by the chapter’s board of directors. The candidate must display great stewardship of the outdoors. Their passion is present via their commitment to local conservation through volunteer and/or monetary giving. The recipient demonstrates involvement in local and/or national organizations that focus on the betterment of local wildlife, habitat and hunting. They have the ability to bring others into local conservation through knowledge, experience and education. Finally, the winner has a commitment to the recruitment of the next generation of conservationists.

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