The Center for Coastal Conservation awarded Begich the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of a letter from the Board of Directors is below:
Dear Sen. Begich:
It is my pleasure to inform you that the Board of Directors of the
Center for Coastal
Conservation has elected you to receive its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in
recognition of your many contributions to good stewardship of America’s natural
Throughout your public service you have always taken a balanced and
approach to the management and conservation of our natural resources, including
appreciation of the Americans who enjoy these resources and the jobs that outdoor
recreation supports. Your leadership has provided a strong voice on issues
important to anglers and boaters from coast to coast.
As a key leader on the Senate Commerce Committee, you have taken a
in the important issues impacting marine conservation and recreational access to
America’s public resources. We look forward to continuing work with you on issues
important to the recreational fishing community.
As you know, the Center for Coastal Conservation is a non-partisan
coalition of the
leading advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating. Past honorees include
your distinguished colleagues Del. Madeleine Bordallo, Rep. Dan Boren and Sen.
We would like to present you with this award at our annual luncheon at
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Liaison Hotel ballroom. We look forward to
honoring you appropriately at this event, which will be attended by many of our key
Thank you again for your leadership.