CHEYENNE - Chris Madson, longtime editor of Wyoming Wildlife magazine recently retired after more than 30 years of service with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Under his guidance, Wyoming Wildlife received 45 awards the past 30 years from the Association of Conservation Information, an organization of natural resource communicators whose membership includes state, federal and Canadian wildlife agencies and private conservation organizations. Included in that tally are many of Madson’s essays and articles winning first place awards from ACI. Wyoming Wildlife was also recognized for excellence many times and was named as the country’s best state wildlife magazine in 1986, 1991, 1993, 2000 and 2001.
A favorite among Wyoming Wildlife readers was Madson’s award winning column – “The Land Ethic” – a monthly reflection in which he wound a timely conservation message drawing from his lifelong pursuits of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Madson was recently honored by the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute as recipient of their“Contributions to Biodiversity Conservation Award” for his lifetime commitment to public education on Wyoming’s plants, animals and ecosystems.
Other accomplishments include serving as a board member of the Outdoor Writers’ Association of America and The Nature Conservancy. He has also been awarded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Izaak Walton League of America, Ducks Unlimited and The National Wildlife Federation.
A prolific writer, Madson has been published hundreds of times and has contributed articles for more than a dozen outdoor or wildlife magazines. His father, John Madson, was also an acclaimed outdoor writer.
Prior to coming to Wyoming, Chris Madson was editor of Kansas Wildlife magazine for five years.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching waterfowl and gray and fox squirrels.
He will continue to make his home in Cheyenne on retirement.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)