Karen Karlberg is the 2016 recipient of the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen Silvio O Conte Lifetime Achievement Award. The plaque states: Presented for your life long efforts in the preservation of the woodlands and waters of Berkshire County, presented Saturday April 15, 2017. Karen Karlberg of Becket, MA was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in part because of her significant involvement with the ASERP (Atlantic Salmon Rearing Program) at Becket Washington School. She continued her assistance with the school’s Trout in the Classroom program also.
Karlberg is the 2005 recipient of the Taconic Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s highest award; the Crooked Staff. The award is presented to the person who best represent’s the ideals of TU; being the conserving, protecting and restoring of North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
Karen is involved with the Westfield and Housatonic river clean-ups and invasive eradication projects. She serves on the Westfield Wild and Scenic Committee and helps with trail creation and clean-up projects. She taught fly-fishing to children during HVA events and educates youth about macro-invertebrates. Karen also works with The Nature Conservancy and BEAT doing on-the-ground wildlife tracking and assessments for vital survey projects.