A Payson man, long known for his conservation efforts and civic contributions, has been inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.
Gary Barcom was one of four inductees honored at the Wildlife for Tomorrow banquet held Aug. 16 at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.
Barcom, the former owner of a parts and equipment company in Payson, was cited during the ceremonies as a man "who has tirelessly served on numerous boards and committees for the betterment of youth and outdoor Arizona. He was lauded as the driving force behind the founding of the Mogollon Sporting Association and as a valuable member of the Heritage Public Advisory Committee that helps dole out Arizona Heritage Fund money.
In addition to Barcom's contributions to the MSA and the Heritage Fund, he's been active in Boy Scouts, Safari Club, Outstanding Young Farmer Program, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Arizona Jaycees and the Arizona Antelope Foundation.
He has also served as a liaison between the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Payson man has also been at the forefront of a number of youth hunter recruitment and retention programs and is known to be an avid angler and hunter.
In addition to being added to the Outdoor Hall of Fame, Barcom received the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife's Outstanding Citizen Wildlife Contributor Award July 14 in Rapid City, S.D.
The others inducted into the hall of fame with Barcom were former Arizona Game and Fish Department director Duane Shroufe, businessman L.V. Yates and the Chandler Rod and Gun club.