Charles Pace of Cazenovia was awarded the annual Sportsman of the Year award Saturday for his years of dedication to sportsman's issues. Pace, a nominee for the Conservation Fund Advisory Board, is a member of the Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Management Board, where he has fought for many programs in the interests of outdoorsman.
On hunting issues Charles has battled at the hearings on the Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Plan opposing the plans to create hiking, biking, and horse trails through it which would have disrupted hunting and trapping.
Seeking access for anglers to Cazenovia Lake, he was successful in overcoming local opposition by getting a NY State Park, McNitt State Park, with car top boat access on the lake's south end. Presently he has led the negotiations to allow trailered boats on a permit basis to use the village of Cazenovia launch.
Pace is also a member of Sportspeople Helping Others Through Sharing where he has helped organize fund-raising banquets and provide hunts for severely handicapped or terminally people.
Through his leadership, SHOTS is also planning to donate equipment and volunteer at the local "Future Anglers Outreach" program which introduces youngsters and their parents to fishing. He has also helped publicize the "Archery In Our Schools" curriculum for physical education in area public schools leading an effort to gain funding for equipment and training for teachers.