The Mail Tribune's Oregon Outdoors section won second place among America's outdoors sections in a vote by members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

The Mail Tribune's Oregon Outdoors section won second place among America's outdoors sections in a vote by members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

Oregon Outdoors, launched in September, was runner-up to the St. Petersburg Times among all newspapers in America that produce outdoors sections of more than one page.

The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. placed third (see correction note below).

Mail Tribune outdoors columnist Mark Freeman also won a second place in the association's boating category for a story he wrote about a Redding, Calif., man who survived a boating accident in Brookings last year.

Freeman accepted the awards Tuesday during the OWAA annual conference, which was held this year in Bismarck, ND.

The association includes more than 1,200 members throughout the United States and Canada and is the professional association of outdoor communicators.

Freeman also was elected chair of the OWAA's Newspaper Section for the fourth consecutive year. The section represents the interests of newspaper outdoor writers among the group.

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that The Charlotte Observer placed third in the contest. This version has been corrected.