NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In recognition of his contributions to wildlife conservation, Steven Jackson received a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The NWTF announced Jackson, of Connecticut, as the Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award winner during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
The Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a wildlife biologist, trapper or wildlife manager who has devoted his or her career to the wild turkey and played a major role in the turkey’s restoration and management.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
Jackson’s interest in wild turkey restoration in states surrounding Connecticut led him to make the necessary contacts and agreements to get the program off the ground in his own state. Considered the “father” of Connecticut’s wild turkey program, he contributed countless hours to the effort even before the first wild turkey trap and transfer into Connecticut. From 22 initial turkeys to huntable populations just a few years later, Jackson’s work will be visible for many years to come.
“Steven’s work for the wild turkey in Connecticut has been essential to the success of the restoration program,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “In addition to his restoration dedication, it has been his career’s work to make sure they flourished.”
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698