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02/19/2011

Morgantown 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 David Truban of Morgantown, W.Va., 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.

"David 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.

"This award isn't mine; it's a credit to all the volunteers in West Virginia who work so hard to leave young people with an appreciation for the outdoors and hunting," Truban said. "We all understand that if hunting doesn't survive, conservation can't survive. So if I can help generate some interest for the outdoors in the next generation, I've reached my goal."

Truban is a past president of the Chestnut Ridge Longbeards and past vice president of the West Virginia State Chapter. He has been a driving force for better wild turkey management in West Virginia for the past 13 years.

He works with many other chapters to coordinate outreach events, and in 2007, he and his wife Kristi organized the first state chapter JAKES Day at the West Virginia School for the Blind. As an employee of CONSOL Energy, Truban was instrumental in getting the company to donate, lease and sell land to West Virginia for public hunting.

Larry Becker of New York, Ron Gleason of Massachusetts and Mike Rainwater of Louisiana also took home Latham service awards at this year's 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 (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) 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 www.nwtf.org.


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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