Friends of the Outdoor State Awards

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Friends of the Outdoor State Awards

The Protect Our Winters Action Fund (POW AF) is excited to announce the winners of our annual awards – the Friend of the Outdoor State Award – to members of Congress who demonstrate exceptional leadership toward POW AF’s priorities in Congress and in the outdoor recreation community. 

Recipients of POW AF’s Friend of the Outdoor State award have sought out leadership opportunities to meet with our Athletes Alliance and Corporate Alliance. Award recipients have demonstrated a track record of thoughtfully listening to members of the ‘Outdoor State’ and their concerns around climate and the solutions proposed to take action. They have also demonstrated a genuine interest in advancing POW AF’s policy priorities through committee participation, bill introduction and voting record. The recipient of each award identifies as part of the Outdoor State, and prioritizes the mission to protect the places we live and the lifestyles we love from the impacts of climate change.

The 2022 winners of the POW Action Fund’s Friend of the Outdoor State Award are:

Senator Michael Bennet

Senator Michael Bennet (D–CO) is not only a Friend of the Outdoor State, but has been a longtime legislative proponent of laws designed to protect and enhance outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado, while leading the country in efforts to rapidly deploy clean energy infrastructure, clean energy and tax rebates and to mitigate the impacts of climate change to forests, public lands, waters and air quality. Senator Bennet has supported efforts to clean up legacy pollution in Colorado, and consistently works to center the Outdoor State when considering the impacts of climate change and climate policy to the outdoor community. Please join the Protect Our Winters Action Fund in thanking Senator Bennet for his leadership. We look forward to further opportunities to work alongside Senator Bennet and his staff to implement solutions to the impacts of climate change.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D–NV) is a true Friend of the Outdoor State through her collaboration with POW AF, constituents and fellow legislators to advance policy priorities in the U.S. Senate. Senator Cortez Masto’s leadership in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources is critical to the success of climate legislation in the Senate, and the Outdoor State is fortunate to have a representative of our community who consistently meets with leaders in the outdoor industry, athletes and POW AF members to collaborate on advancing policy opportunities both in Nevada and in Washington, D.C. Thank you Senator Cortez Masto for your longtime support of the Outdoor State.

Representative John Curtis

Representative John Curtis (R–UT), while representing Utah’s third Congressional District, launched the Conservative Climate Caucus in 2021 to educate members of the House on climate policies and legislation consistent with conservative members’ values, organize co-dels to better understand technologies and issues related to climate and organize member and staff briefings on conservative climate proposals. Representative Curtis is a leader for the outdoor state, has met with winter athletes and Olympians to discuss climate with the POW Action Fund online and in person, and has been willing to engage in events, receptions and briefings both in Washington D.C. and in Utah with POW AF. Thank you Representative Curtis for working with the Protect Our Winters Action Fund, and for being a Friend of the Outdoor State.