Ralph W. Abele
Conservation Heritage Award
James L. Myers
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has selected James L. Myers of Oil City, Venango
County as the recipient of the 1998 Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award.
Myers was selected for his interest in conservation of natural resources and his lifelong
dedication as a volunteer in passing on an outdoor heritage to youth. Among his many
accomplishments, Myers is the Founder of "Big Uncle Day," a day of fishing and recreation for
disabled children. He was instrumental in the formation of the first Youth Field Day in Venango
County. He has served as Clean Water Chairman for the Pennsylvania State Division of the Izaak
Walton League and was involved in the development of Justus Lake/Two Mile Run Park. Over his 40
years of involvement in conservation and youth education he has been lauded the Pennsylvania
Senate and given meritorious service awards by Ralph Abele himself.
Myers was nominated for the award by the Honorable Scott E. Hutchinson, member of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In his nomination letter, Hutchinson noted that Myers'
middle name should be "commitment" as shown by dedication as "a volunteer warrior" in the cause
of conservation at a level that is not just rare, but virtually extinct today.
In announcing the Abele award, current Commission Executive Director Peter A. Colangelo
observed: "Jim Myers' lifetime devotion to the cause of conservation makes him truly worthy of
this exceptional honor. As the recipient of the 1998 Abele Award, he joins a constellation of
conservationists whose outstanding contributions have been similarly recognized."