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This site is dedicated to honoring the achievements of the inducted members, the Circle of Chiefs, their continuing outreach to the California public and the spirit of their legacy to our State and the Outdoors. We strive to continue the work they started, inspiring the next generation to adventure and service.

The California Outdoors Hall of Fame recognizes individuals with a profound scope of outdoor accomplishments that have impacted others and improved the lives of Californians. Personal achievement by itself, on the other hand, merits less consideration.

All candidates must fill two requirements:

1. The nominees have inspired thousands of Californians to take part in the great outdoors and/or conservation.
2. The nominees must have taken part in a paramount scope of adventures.

Anybody can nominate an entrant. Entrants can nominate themselves. Entrees must include a 200 to 250-word biography or will be disqualified.

Voting is conducted in early winter by past winners, the Circle of Chiefs, and leaders in outdoors media, government and industry, who vote anonymously, free of faction. The annual awards are announced in January at the International Sportsmen's Expo in Sacramento. Inductees become members of the Circle of Chiefs.

5 new members were inducted to the Hall Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Congratulations to the new members!
2014 California Outdoors Hall of Fame inductees
Dick Penniman, Bob Ford, John Koeberer, and Randy Houston
Dick Penniman is an avalanche and ski safety expert and avid outdoorsman. He has taught more than 3,500 ski patrol officers and others about avalanche safety.

Bob Ford is a world-renowned figure for his volunteer work with the International Game Fish Association and the Tuna Club of Catalina Island, and as a historian and benefactor for wounded soldiers and youth.

John Koeberer is an innovator who brought new-style concessions based on serving the public, from kayak rentals to cabins, to parks and lakes in California.

Randy Houston is the founder and president of Purple Heart Anglers, a group of volunteers who have taken more than 1,000 disabled veterans into the outdoors to fish or hunt.

Bill Poole , the legendary skipper out of San Diego, was a posthumous winner.

Tom Stienstra, a Hall of Fame member himself, emceed the induction ceremony at the International Sportsmen's Expo in Sacramento. You can read Tom's article in the SF Chronicle on Sunday, January 12th or on the web at SFGate.com, http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/California-Outdoors-Hall-of-Fame-roster-grows-5135049.php.