— TRAVERSE CITY -- Dave Richey loves the outdoors of northern Michigan, and he's always wanted to do everything he could to protect it.
That desire to protect the natural splendor of the region for future generations prompted a 44-year career writing about hunting and fishing, including 23 years as the outdoor editor for The Detroit News.
This fall, Richey received the prestigious Jade of Chiefs award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
It is the top conservation award given by the organization.
"I fished and hunted all my life, and it quickly dawned on me people were taking from the outdoors and giving nothing back," said Richey, 73, who lives outside of Traverse City and still writes regularly about the outdoors. He's advocated to stop poaching and to protect hunting and fishing opportunities throughout his career.
His concerns about the Boardman River prompted him to provide the Record-Eagle with the diary of Chester Olson, who fought for the Boardman River more than 70 years ago.
"Our nature is something very precious," Richey said. "Once you lose it, it's gone."