NASHVILLE, Tenn. – People who know Joe Krug of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, describe him as a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, because of his passion for cultivating trees to restore and create ideal wildlife habitats. For his dedication to conservation, he earned a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Krug received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official convention sponsor.
“To even be considered for this award would be an accomplishment, so winning it is frosting on the cake,” Krug said. “I am just trying to make sure that when I leave this world, I leave it in better shape than it was in when I came into it.”
Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards are given to NWTF members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers, but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Krug, a 35-year member of the NWTF, has a passion for conservation that led him to turn his property into a functioning nursery. To date, he has raised nearly 250,000 seedlings and more than 3,000 potted fruit plants for NWTF chapters, sportsmen groups and individuals carrying out local habitat projects. This is all done free of charge.
He also has given lectures on growing, grafting, planting and maintaining fruit trees to numerous NWTF chapters in the state as well as the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Quality Deer Management Association chapters.
“Krug has made a tremendous impact in his community and state,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “He exemplifies the NWTF’s mission of conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage.”
About the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
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.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.