NASHVILLE, Tenn. – South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Director Alvin Taylor has dedicated his career to preserving our hunting heritage and conserving wildlife. The National Wild Turkey Federation recognized his distinguished career by presenting Taylor with the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award.
“Being recognized by an organization like the NWTF is a tremendous honor, not just for me but for everyone at the DNR,” Taylor said. “It’s another example of the long-term commitment this agency has with NWTF for the wild turkey and hunting and quality habitat for countless species.”
The Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award’s namesake was a former president and chairperson of the NWTF’s national board. During her tenure, she emphasized the importance of our hunting heritage and helped create a new outlook for the organization. Today, the NWTF’s mission to celebrate and preserve North America’s hunting heritage is some of its most important work.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Taylor and the SCDNR were early supporters and financial contributors to the Palmetto Shooting Complex at the NWTF, because Taylor understands that the recruitment of hunters is vitally important to wildlife conservation. The $2 million Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration grant from the SCDNR made it possible for the facility to open this past October.
“Alvin truly deserves the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “He and the SCDNR share our mission of preserving our hunting heritage and ensuring conservation efforts are based on sound science. I am proud to call him a friend and a strong supporter of the NWTF.”
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.
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