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Gainesville Conservationist Receives National Award

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Volunteers are the driving force behind the National Wild Turkey Federation's conservation successes, and each year the NWTF recognizes the best of the best with the Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards.

This year Larry Becker of Gainesville, N.Y., received a Latham service award for his dedication to carrying on the NWTF's mission of conserving wild turkeys and preserving our hunting heritage. He received the award in Nashville, Tenn., during the NWTF's 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show, themed "Our Youth. Our Legacy." MidwayUSA was the official convention sponsor.

"Larry knows conservation, hunting and introducing people to the outdoors go hand in hand," said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., NWTF's chief conservation officer. "He is one of our most dedicated volunteers, and we are proud to recognize all he does to ensure that our children and grandchildren can live the hunting tradition for many years to come."

The Latham service awards are given to NWTF members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers, but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.

"I know many of the people who have received this award, and I am truly honored to join their ranks," said Larry Becker. "In my 20-plus years of working with the NWTF, I have learned that being successful requires team work and cooperation. This award is a symbol of the many valued friendships and great partnerships I have made as we all worked to promote conservation and to protect our hunting heritage."

Becker joined the NWTF in 1987. He served New York's Lake Plains Chapter and Wyoming County Gobblers in a variety of roles and as an NWTF representative for the Wyoming County Wildlife Federation of Sportsmen.

He has signed up more than 100 new NWTF members and currently serves on the board of directors for the New York State Chapter.

Ron Gleason of Massachusetts, Mike Rainwater of Louisiana and David Truban of West Virginia also took home Latham service awards at this year's NWTF convention.

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs - Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.

For more information about the Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards or other convention highlights, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit

2011 Convention Sponsors

MidwayUSA – Official Sponsor

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Bank of America, Benelli USA, Browning-USRAC, Call Makers and Collectors Association of America, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, HuntVe, Marlin Firearms Company, Mossberg & Sons Inc., Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, The Outdoor Connection Inc., Remington Arms Company Inc., Rivers Edge Treestands, SHE Outdoor Apparel, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Weatherby Inc., Wild Turkey Bourbon, Winchester/Olin Corporation




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