Advocating for conservation initiatives and supporting conservation organizations has long been a corporate emphasis of the Mossy Oak family of companies. The recent Mossy Oak Properties National Day of Conservation, held Saturday, September 28th-put conservation into action for the Mossy Oak Properties network, Mossy Oak family, and many others who responded to the initial challenge video issued by Mossy Oak’s Toxey Haas and Cuz Strickland.
Across the country, participants held tree giveaways, trash cleanups, birdhouse construction events, and planted wildflowers. Several Mossy Oak Properties groups engaged local high schools and bass fishing clubs, and gave back to their communities in the name of conservation. Many Mossy Oak Prostaff members conducted cleanup efforts in their communities. Locally, members from the Mossy Oak and Mossy Oak Properties corporate organizations held a tree giveaway and restored handicapped access to waterfowl hunting and wildlife viewing areas at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge near Starkville, Mississippi.
A few notable efforts included:
- Mossy Oak Properties Indiana Land and Lifestyle’s trash cleanup rally in partnership with three local high schools, which removed over 11,000 pounds of trash from their local community;
- Mossy Oak Properties of Louisiana’s “trash fishing rodeo” which had over 100 participants
- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant proclaiming Saturday, September 28th as the Mossy Oak Properties National Day of Conservation in his state.
Long standing conservation partners of Mossy Oak, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association, held events at their respective headquarters, and notable conservationists such as Ted Nugent, Jeff Foxworthy, and Drury Outdoors answered the challenge.
The total effort left Mossy Oak Properties CEO/President and Co-Founder Chris Hawley speechless. “We were blown away at how the Mossy Oak Properties network, Mossy Oak family, and others throughout the outdoor industry took our simple challenge and made a difference in our first year effort. We feel we have laid the groundwork for a special event that will further spark awareness for conservation and stewardship of the land.”
Mossy Oak Founder and Chairman Toxey Haas, seconded Hawley’s sentiment, saying: “To see how everyone turned a love of the land and conservation into action in their own communities was pretty incredible to witness. I would challenge everyone to keep the spirit of this event alive throughout the year, and to always remember the good we do will live long after we are gone.”
To view social media posts from the Mossy Oak Properties National Day of Conservation, search #dayofconservation on Facebook and Instagram.