"The Conservation Fund is a reaffirmation of SportDOG Brand®'s high level of commitment to wildlife, sportsmen and sporting dog companions who accompany us in the field," said Gary Williams, SportDOG Conservation Fund™ Coordinator. "The goals of this fund are in line with the goals of our outdoors-oriented employees and customers."
A key component of the new fund will be four $5,000 grants, which will be awarded annually by the Conservation Fund's board of directors. Grant winners will be chosen from applicants who are able to secure a matching contribution from their respective conservation organization and/or a matching contribution from a sponsoring state or federal resource management agency. Matching contributions may consist of services and/or labor, supplies, materials, equipment or funds.
"These grants will fund wildlife habitat and game population-enhancement projects and initiatives that ensure wildlife continues to thrive. This ensures sportsmen continue to enjoy the pursuit of upland and waterfowl species for generations to come," Williams added.
Also, under the umbrella of the new program, the company is introducing an annual SportDOG Conservationist of the Year Award. This award will recognize the SportDOG Brand® product owner who has been proactive in establishing successful conservation and/or habitat enhancement initiatives.
SportDOG Brand®, a division of Radio Systems Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a manufacturer of electronic training products such as training collars, bark-control collars, beeper collars and in-ground fence™ systems. Through its recent acquisition of Lucky Dog Equipment, SportDOG also offers a wide range of training equipment such as whistles, retrieving dummies, leads and collars.
For more information on SportDOG Brand® products, the company's conservation efforts, information on applying for grants, and nominating a Conservationist of the Year, view our Conservation Fund home page.
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