ADE outdoor writer places in national contest

MISSOULA, Mont. – Enterprise Outdoors Writer and Saranac Lake resident Mike Lynch has earned an Excellence in Craft award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

Lynch was awarded third place in the Family Participation/ Youth Outdoor Education category of the newspaper portion of the contest, which recognizes excellence in communicating the value and enjoyment of family participation and youth education in the outdoors. His winning submission, a column headlined “A life lesson on the water,” was published July 28, 2012, in the Enterprise. It was about an incident that took place during a five-day paddling trip from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake.

During the trip, a group of nine children aged 10 to 14 and three adults, including Lynch, decided against crossing Middle Saranac Lake just before a storm. The decision proved to be the right one, as another group of paddlers had to to be rescued by emergency crews after 12 boats capsized that afternoon. The children in Lynch’s group were part of Northern Forest Explorers, a program overseen by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that gives children the opportunity to explore waterways near their home at a very low rate.

The award will be presented on Sept. 16, the third and final day of the OWAA’s annual conference, which will be held in Lake Placid this year.

The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. OWAA members include professional writers, photographers, radio and television show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists.