NWTF holds reception for new Forest Service chief


Humphries (left) and the NWTF
hosted a reception in Washington D.C.
for new Forest Service Chief Tooke. 

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation held a welcome reception for incoming USDA Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke Tuesday evening in Washington, DC.

During the reception, Tooke was introduced to officials from the NWTF’s conservation and business partners.

“I am very honored that our friends at the National Wild Turkey Federation have so warmly welcomed me to my new position,” Tooke said. “The Forest Service and the National Wild Turkey Federation have maintained a strong partnership over the years; we have joined together many times to complete critical work on our lands throughout the country to improve forest conditions and provide quality experiences. The men and women of the National Wild Turkey Federation are leaders in forest and wildlife conservation. The reception provided a great opportunity to see friends and other partners who also contribute significantly to conservation work. I look forward to enhancing these relationships for the good of everyone who benefits from our important work on public lands.”

“Tony is a longtime friend to the NWTF and the conservation community in general,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “He understands the importance of the Forest Service and values its partners and the role of active forest management. Our hope is this reception gave our conservation partners a chance to meet and talk with Tony as we look to continue to build active working partnerships in the conservation community.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tooke’s appointment August 21 after former Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced his retirement earlier in the month.

“As a community, we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Chief Tooke,” Humphries said.

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 a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or 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