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Forrest L. Wood receives
Federation Lifetime Achievement Award

The Bass Federation — Aug. 4, 2003

NEW ORLEANS — Ranger Boats founder Forrest L. Wood was the recipient of the BASS Federation Lifetime Achievement Award, since the independent federations started forming in 1972 this is only the third such award given. Mr. Wood was presented a custom crystal and burl wood trophy by the B.A.S.S. Federation Presidents, before a packed house at the Harrah’s Mansion Ballroom in New Orleans, La. Friday Aug 2nd while in town for the Citgo Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer

Wood, a living legend in the sport fishing industry, founded Ranger Boats in 1968 and started a revolution in the bass boat industry that continues to set the standards in safety, quality, performance, innovation and resale value even today. Even before he started Ranger Boats, this native of Arkansas understood the life lesson that you have to put something in today...to give something back, if there is to be anything left for tomorrow.

"I am deeply touched to receive the Federation Lifetime Achievement Award. I appreciate the hard work and dedication the members across the nation do to preserve the sport of bass fishing through the many children's programs as well as extensive conservation efforts.  I am so honored to be chosen as I treasure the years of association with the state organizations all across this great country.  Ranger, Nina, and I anticipate a bright future, full of projects we can make happen cooperatively with the Federations."  Stated Ranger Boats Founder, Forrest L. Wood

"When you think about who is representative of a lifetime of dedicated work towards our common goals of growing and protecting the sport, for everyone’s benefit, not just through tournaments, but youth events, conservation and just doing the right things to preserve this for the future there is a picture of Forrest Wood.” said Robert Cartlidge spokesperson for the Federation. "Simply put, he “Gets It”, even when times were tough over the last 30 years and cuts had to be made Forrest Wood never cut back on the support for the grassroots anglers, the backbone of the industry......the federations and the work that they do. We are very proud to recognize him for that.”

The Federation Lifetime Achievement awards is not something given out often, it requires a unanimous vote of all state federation presidents to give it and this is only the third one in the federations 31 year storied history that it has been given. Ray Scott and Helen Sevier are the only other two recipients.

The Bass Federation, Inc. is the collective group of Individual State and International B.A.S.S. Federations and the world's strongest, most dedicated grassroots fishing organization committed to the future of fishing through its work with youth and conservation. Together with its many partners such as B.A.S.S. Inc. the federation’s mission is simple....to support, protect and grow the anglers and the sportfishing industry through the independent state federations.  

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