NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For his dedication to conservation, Dennis Waters earned a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Waters, of Greenwood, South Carolina, received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards at the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards are given to NWTF members who have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation but are not employed as professional wildlife managers.
“I am honored to receive the Roger Latham Award, and I appreciate the NWTF recognizing the hundreds of hard working volunteers who dedicate their time to conservation and protecting our hunting heritage,” Waters said. “I have enjoyed being able to volunteer and serve our community for the past 20-plus years; however, I am most proud of the efforts put forth by all of the volunteers in the Neil Cost chapter and the State Board. Without all of us coming together, our mission to protect wildlife and educate our next generation would not be possible. With one, you can do some; with many, you can do much!”
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
From being a local chapter committee member to serving as the state chapter president, Waters has served in many capacities during his more than 30 years with the NWTF. During his time as the JAKES event coordinator for the past 16 years, more than 1,500 children have passed through his JAKES events over the years, and his annual event has won the national JAKES award five times and been inducted into the NWTF Outreach Hall of Fame.
“Dennis has been a true champion for our future generations,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Because of that dedication, our children and grandchildren will have a place to hunt, be stewards of the lands and also share that knowledge with future generations.”
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