Iconic Arkansas couple recognized for outstanding achievement
FLIPPIN, AR (August 17, 2009) Forrest and Nina Wood, legendary founders of Ranger Boats, have long been an integral part of the fishing and boating community – both in the Natural State and beyond. Their lifetime of accomplishments and contributions to a host of worthwhile organizations personify those of a true American success story: pioneers of industry who never forget their Arkansas roots.
Recently, the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame enshrined the couple – the highest honor bestowed by the institution. Awarded at last month’s Forrest Wood Cup in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame reserves the honor of enshrinement for individuals whose lasting efforts have benefited freshwater sportfishing.
“Forrest and Nina are recognized as pioneers in the world of freshwater fishing,” said Emmett Brown, executive director of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. “The impact they’ve made continues to raise the awareness of the sport of fishing while also reinforcing the importance of conservation and the positive experience fishing affords to families and individuals alike.”
Forrest and Nina Wood join the founders of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Bob and Fannie Kutz, as the only couples enshrined together. The Hall recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements in fishing, science, education, conservation, communications, technology, or other areas related to freshwater sportfishing with five different categories of recognition: Enshrinement, Legendary Angler, Legendary Communicator, Legendary Guide, Organizational/Governmental Agency or Special Recognition.