FLW, FLW Foundation Partner with Army Corps

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MINNEAPOLIS – FLW announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FLW and the FLW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization designed to connect America’s youth to their natural resources while promoting education, conservation and an active lifestyle.

The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to establish a general framework for cooperation between FLW, the FLW Foundation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the following:

• Maintain and enhance environmental and natural resource stewardship.

• Promote conservation and appreciation for the outdoors, along with public safety awareness and boating education to the public, with particular focus on America’s youth.

• Connect the American public with nature, parks and outdoor activities, with particular focus on activities related to fishing.

“This partnership between FLW, the FLW Foundation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reinforces FLW’s commitment to conservation and educating today’s youth about the sport of fishing,” said FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel. “Today’s young people are the future of recreational and competitive fishing, and we are pleased to be working side-by-side with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that our fishing resources will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Fennel and FLW President of Marketing Trisha Blake signed the memorandum along with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works Steven L. Stockton.

“Partnerships like this are key to engaging the public and getting the word out about the variety of recreation opportunities at USACE lakes,” Stockton said. “More importantly, these opportunities build future good stewards among America’s youth of our nation’s natural resources.”

The FLW Foundation functions nationwide, engaging volunteers at more than 230 fishing tournaments and expos to achieve measurable, on-the-ground success in youth angler recruitment and retention. The Foundation strives to maximize the impact of existing FLW partnerships and expertise through experiential learning opportunities that meet the shared goals of partner schools, natural resource agencies and corporations.

Funding from the Foundation helps support youth fishing and boating safety programs as well as career pathway programs for high school and college students. Foundation funding also supports conservation programs to enhance aquatic habitat and sustain quality fisheries for future generations. For more information, visit the community outreach section of FLWOutdoors.com.

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 220 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water.” For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.