Tennessee Volunteer Wins NWTF Conservationist Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Billy Ball, a Diamond Life member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, received the cherished C.B. McLeod Award at the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show honoring his countless hours helping further the mission of the conservation organization.

The C.B. McLeod Award recognizes individuals who dedicate their lives to wildlife conservation. The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

Ball, of La Follette, Tennessee, is a farm and business owner who is currently serving as chapter president for the Pine Mountain Longbeards chapter. He donates the use of his land for many NWTF outreach events throughout the year, including mentored hunts. During his tenure, the chapter has earned an astounding 40-plus Tennessee state awards and seven national awards. He has been instrumental in coordinating partnerships between the NWTF and numerous government and nongovernment agencies to promote conservation in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Ball also is a licensed auctioneer and has auctioned at more than 100 NWTF events across the South, including this year’s national convention.

“Billy is a committed volunteer who gives so much of his time toward the NWTF’s mission,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Through his leadership, the local chapter is reaching new milestones each year.”

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.