Monday, April 11, 2016
Posted by
Piper Hawkins-Donlin

Mark Norquist Wins BHA's Sigurd Olson Award

On Saturday, April 2, Mark Norquist, a member of Minnesota Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) and long-time supporter of Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, won The Sigurd F. Olson Award at the BHA’s fifth annual Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana. The Sigurd F. Olson Award recognizes outstanding effort by a BHA member in conserving rivers, lakes or wetland habitat. Norquist received the award for leading the Minnesota chapter's efforts to stop sulfide-ore mining in the Boundary Waters watershed. Norquist, owner of Green Head Productions and executive producer of our acclaimed series Fish Out of Water, is a passionate voice for conservation efforts, particularly in the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

Throughout the past year, Norquist has used his unique skillset to raise awareness about the risks from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining near the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. He's helped support Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters at film festivals and community events and in interviews with various news outlets [pictured above right]. Earlier this year, Fish out Of Water won the Spirit of Film award at the Frozen Film Festival in St. Paul on February 7 [pictured left]. It was also shown at the Oneota Film Festival in Decorah, Iowa. In addition, Mark produced Flush In The Wild, a short video featuring Erik Packard, founder of  Veterans for the Boundary Waters, in his first Boundary Waters Wilderness grouse hunt.


"Mark Norquist has an innate passion for wildlands and wildlife and especially the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in our home state of Minnesota," said BHA Minnesota Chapter Chair Erik Jensen. "Mark is also a filmmaker who utilizes his chosen medium to drive home the need to responsibly manage and conserve these irreplaceable lands and waters. His commitment to Minnesota's backcountry resources and to sportsmen and other recreationists will have a lasting, positive impact."

Mark Norquist has played a vital role in expanding the reach of Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, volunteering many hours and weekends tabling at events across the state [pictured right at St. Paul Sportsmen Show]. We would like to congratulate Mark on this well-deserved award and extend our appreciation for his efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness from the threat of sulfide-ore mining.