Conservation Hall honors significant contributors

The Venango County Conservation Hall of Fame, established in 2011 by the Oil City Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, is a program that “honors local men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to conservation and the environment,” according to its online introduction.

In partnership with Clarion University’s Venango Campus, the conservation Hall of Fame is housed in the Robert W. Rhoades Student Center at the campus.

Requirements are that a nominated individual be a Venango County native or lived or worked in Venango County.

Brief biographies of past inductees and their contribution to local conservation and environmental protection are included on the webpage of the organization, which can be found on Clarion University’s website.

The connection of the Hall of Fame to the Izaak Walton League exists because, according to the website, the League “is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations.”

The Oil City chapter, chartered in 1926, is “the oldest chapter in Pennsylvania and among the oldest operating chapters in the nation.”

This year’s induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rhoades Center at Venango Campus.