"Fishing's Future" Coming to Salina
KSAL Staff - Sat 07:42 AM 11/12/2011
Fishing's Future is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting children and their parents to nature through the outdoor experience of fishing.
Fishing's Future, an exciting national non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting children and their parents to nature through the outdoor experience of fishing, is moving their distribution center and opening a Fishing’s Future Chapter in Salina later this month.
According to the organization, this chapter will be their first in the state of Kansas and they are planning on opening several others throughout the state within the next two years.
“Working closely with Tom Lang and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is very exciting,” founder Shane Wilson stated. Kevin Reich, Vice President of Product Procurement and Disbursement for Fishing’s Future, will coordinate and oversee all Fishing’s Future family events and outreach activities.
Spreading the joys of fishing and reintroducing kids to nature throughout Kansas are Fishing’s Future’s objectives. “Coming to Kansas opens up a new chapter for Fishing’s Future and we are moving our distribution center into the very heart of this remarkable state,” said Wilson. Salina is an ideal location due to its proximity to the number of State Parks and community lakes within a couple hours drive.
“The Salina area has a great fishing tradition and aquatic education has been a major focus for quite some time,” said Tom Lang KDWPT Fisheries Program Specialist. “Past KDWPT Fisheries Biologists Bruce Zamrzla and Tommie Berger always went above and beyond with aquatic education in Salina. The folks of Salina have also greatly benefited from the Central Mall’s 15,000 gallon aquarium which was dedicated to the memory of Bruce. We are excited about the potential opportunities to partner with Fishing’s Future and expand our aquatic education efforts. I can’t think of more fitting place for them to start their first Kansas Chapter than in Salina.”
This is a chance for kids and parents to experience something new and exciting. A Fishing’s Future Chapter in Salina will provide kids and families the opportunity to experience something new and exhilarating. Master Angler Kevin Reich will direct all events and coordinate community relations. “I am excited to get started here in Salina. This has been my home for many years prior to moving to Texas. It will be an honor to join together with Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. If anyone is interested in helping or wanting to know more about Fishing’s Future please email me or check out our website, “remarks Reich. Kevin has been with Fishing’s Future for the past two years, is an accomplished angler, a proud father and has a successful professional background. "He is the perfect person to open this chapter and his knowledge of fishing is unmatched,” said Wilson.
Fishing's Future combines the fishing experience with outdoor education at what are called "Family Fish Camps." Camps include; learning different fishing techniques, teaching the "Leave No Trace" philosophy and addressing water and outdoor safety practices. The overall goal of Fishing's Future is to reconnect kids to parents and nature while strengthening family bonds. This is achieved by including parents in all "Family Fish Camp" events.
Fishing's Future has been recognized by the Texas State Senate for their, “commitment to creating an atmosphere of family bonding and environmental stewardship through the sport of fishing." Currently, they have chapters in 7 states and the list is growing.
“The exceptional work that Fishing’s Future has done through their partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife makes us very excited about their arrival to Kansas and the potential partnership with our Fish Kansas aquatic education program,” said Lang.
Visit www.fishingsfuture.org for more information