NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ron Kistler, long time member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, received an award for donating countless hours and his expertise as an accountant, to help further the mission of the conservation organization.
“It feels a bit overwhelming, and I don’t feel like I deserve it. The things I do are items that need to be done, and I am thankful I have the expertise and ability to get them done,” Kistler said. “Other people who also volunteer are my motivation. Along the way, I’ve had many people who have helped me get things done.”
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. Kistler single handedly applied for state sales tax exemptions for every chapter in Pennsylvania, helping save thousands of dollars a year for conservation efforts. He recently helped complete tax exempt status for chapters across Maryland.
“Ron’s efforts help local and state NWTF chapters more effectively use their fundraising dollars to support conservation projects,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “He is a valued member of our NWTF family, and we are grateful for his contributions to our mission.”
Kistler also is a Guardian Life member of the NWTF, contributing well more than $70,000 to help ensure wildlife and wild places are available to future generations.
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.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.