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07/06/2011

New National Council Appoints NWTF's Kennamer


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In his new role, NWTF Chief Conservation Officer James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., will advise the National Museum of Forest Service History's board of directors.
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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., chief conservation officer of the NWTF, is now a member of the council for the U.S. Forest Service's National Museum of Forest Service History.

All 14 members of the new national council are volunteers. They will advise the National Museum of Forest Service History's board of directors about developing partnerships that will advance the organization's educational and interpretive goals.

Museum president Gray Reynolds said the board is pleased to welcome the inaugural council members, whose breadth of experience and associations with the U.S. Forest Service reflect the role that cooperators and partners have played in shaping the agency's conservation legacy.

"James Earl's commitment to conservation and the NWTF is unparalleled," said NWTF CEO George Thornton. "This recognition reflects the absolute importance of conservation to the NWTF, and honors the man who has strengthened the NWTF's conservation programs and enabled us to preserve our hunting heritage for our children and grandchildren."

For 31 years, Kennamer has headed the NWTF's conservation department. He coordinates programs with state and federal agencies, private organizations and companies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

His leadership in wild turkey research and management has garnered respect throughout the conservation community, and helped the NWTF become the driving force in conservation it is today.

Having earned various achievement awards throughout his career, Kennamer is no stranger to receiving recognition for his conservation work.

In April 2011, the U.S. Forest Service recognized his exemplary leadership as the NWTF and four other groups were honored with the Forest Restoration Award at the Centennial Celebration of the Weeks Act of 1911.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack named Kennamer a member of the U.S. Forest Service's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee in 2010.

Kennamer earned a bachelor's degree in game management from Auburn University and a master's and doctorate in wildlife management from Mississippi State University. He resides in Edgefield, S.C.

The NWTF is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. A nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage, the NWTF and its volunteers work closely with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies and other partners.

For more information about this story, contact Shannon Rikard at (803) 637-3106 or srikard@nwtf.net.

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