Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Congratulations to Mark Taylor!

I picked this tidbit up from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' Outdoor Report. Mark is a writer who I read and look up to quite a bit!

Mark Taylor Elected to National Outdoor Writers Board

Mark Taylor, Outdoors Editor for The Roanoke Times, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Mark will begin his three year term on the Board at the OWAA 81st Annual Conference in Bismarck, N.D., June 19-22. In addition to his informative and insightful articles for the Roanoke-based newspaper and "Wild Life" outdoor blog on, Mark has served in other leadership positions in the journalism profession. They include a four-year commitment as co-chair of the Virginia Host Team for the 80th OWAA Annual Conference hosted by Virginia in 2007. The inter-agency team included representatives of tourism and natural resource agencies, outdoor recreation and product related associations. The Conference was the culmination of a four year commitment as part of the Governor's initiative to increase tourism and promote the Jamestown 400th Anniversary. OWAA is one of the largest professional outdoor communicator organizations with more than 1,200 members representing the nation's top outdoor-oriented writers, photographers, editors, videographers, radio, TV and film makers. Outdoor product businesses, travel industry, conservation organizations and agency information and education professionals also prominently participate in OWAA events. VDGIF is a Supporting Member of OWAA. Mark is also an active member of the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association. His articles and columns appear in The Roanoke Times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Or you can view his newspaper work and blog online at

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