The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) is a non-profit organization comprised of outdoor communicators, including: writers, photographers, editors, cartoonists for print and, Internet, as well video, lecturers and public relations specialists, radio and television broadcast journalists with passions for comunicating about the outdoors.
MOWA's members communicate on various outdoor subjects including: hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, backpacking, the environment, education, trapping, travel, humor, natural resources, conservation, travel, ecology,bird watching, boating, canoeing and many other outdoor related subjects.
The bylaws and principles of the organization include a pledge to support the preservation and conservation of the state's natural resources and the practice of good sportsmanship in outdoor recreation. MOWA recognizes organizations and individuals who uphold these principles and, from time to time, presents a Clean Waters Award to an organization or individual for outstanding accomplishments in preserving, protecting and enhancing the waters of the State of Michigan.
The association is actively involved with improving the craft of outdoor communications and holds writing, photography, videography and cinematography competitions. These craft improvement contests, including the coveted Teddy Awards, are prestigious and signify highly professional contributions to the outdoor communications industry.
Another effort of MOWA is to provide the public with Memorial Markers of people, places and events that have been significant to the state's outdoor heritage.