National Award Presented to Maine Conservationist
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Every year, the NWTF rewards exceptional volunteers for their outstanding dedication to the NWTF’s conservation efforts with a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award.
This year, Jim Wescott, of Windham, Maine, received a Latham service award for his commitment to the NWTF’s mission of the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.
He received the award in Nashville, Tenn., during the NWTF’s 36th annual National Convention and Sport Show, which was themed “Hunters: Champions of Conservation.” MidwayUSA was the official convention sponsor.
“Jim’s dedication to the NWTF’s mission made him an outstanding choice for this award,” said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., NWTF’s chief conservation officer. “We are proud to recognize all he has done as a true champion of conservation to ensure our valuable land and wildlife remains healthy for the next generation to enjoy.”
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 don’t hunt because I want to. I hunt because I have to; it’s ingrained,” said Wescott. “I am honored and humbled by the Latham award, but I didn’t start my conservation efforts because I thought I would get such an honor.”
Wescott has worked to conserve wild turkeys since earning his college degree in wildlife management. He deals closely with the state fishing and wildlife department. His efforts in Maine’s conservation have helped increase wild turkeys in all of Maine’s 16 counties.
Roger Demanette, Tom Howe, Bryan Perry and Steve Sams also took home Latham service awards from 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 $372 million to conserve 17 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.
2012 Convention Sponsors
MidwayUSA — Official Sponsor
Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barronett Blinds, Bass Pro Shops, Benelli, Big Tex Trailers, Bird Dog and Whitetail Whiskey, Browning, Cabela’s, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Marlin Firearms, Mossy Oak, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, O.F. Mossberg, Remington Arms Company, Inc., Titan UTV, Winchester/Olin Corporation, U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, Weatherby, Wild Turkey Bourbon