Southerland Receives National Conservation Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In recognition of Dennis Southerland’s outstanding work, he received the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Henry S. Mosby Award.

Southerland, of Payson, Utah, accepted the award during the NWTF’s 42nd annual Convention and Sport Show.

The Mosby award is named after Henry S. Mosby, Ph.D., whose research during the mid-1900s set the standard for wild turkey management. He also helped found The Wildlife Society and won its highest honor, the Aldo Leopold Medal.

The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. 

Southerland has spent an entire career dedicated to habitat and wildlife conservation and was instrumental in the reintroduction of wild turkeys to Utah. As a field biologist, Southerland understood the importance of carefully managing wildlife resources to maintain healthy populations for future generations.

“Dennis and biologists like him are the backbone to the success of the wild turkey reintroductions,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “We have been fortunate to call him a partner in the restoration of wild turkeys in Utah.”

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

For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698