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Keef Wins ASF Award

BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Nov. 13, 2014

Keef Wins ASF's Lee Wulff Conservation Award

In my dozen or so years writing about outdoors matters for the BDN, I’ve come across lots of people.

Many of them have been memorable not for the stories they’ve told, but for the way they’ve treated me … and others.

Ralph Keef of Hermon is one of those men — a quiet, classy guy who has been generous with his time and patient with people (like writers) who have a lot left to learn.

On Thursday I was pleased to learn that the Atlantic Salmon Federation had honored Keef with the 2014 Lee Wulff Atlantic Salmon Conservation Award.

Keef, who has been battling some health issues, was not in New York City to receive the award; he’ll be honored locally at a spring salmon dinner.

Keef is a former president of the Maine Council of the ASF, and was always available to pitch in on field activities or offer public testimony on salmon-related matters.

“For more than two decades, Ralph has been an educator, mentor and generous supporter of numerous salmon conservation efforts both in the U.S. and Canada,” Christopher H. Buckley Jr., chairman of the ASF board of directors, said in a news release. “His generous volunteerism is an inspiration to others, particularly fisheries scientists, teachers, children, and his fellow anglers, who appreciate wild Atlantic salmon and the sport of fly fishing.”

It’s an honor long in the making, and Keef is certainly well deserving of the accolade. Congratulations to a great mentor and friend to many.

John Holyoke can be reached at 990-8214 or jholyoke@bangordailynews.com. Follow him on Twitter: @JohnHolyoke.