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NWTF Announces New Board of Directors

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The NWTF recently announced its new National Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2012.

Jim Hinkle of Arkansas will serve as chairman, and Sam Mars III of Tennessee as president. Vern Ross of Pennsylvania is vice president and Marvin Hartley of Florida will serve as secretary. Vince Rosdahl of California returns as treasurer.

Scott Hill of New Jersey and Bill Buckner of Oklahoma joined the board, along with returning members Dr. Frank Coble of Illinois, Peggy Anne Vallery of Arizona, Rosdahl and Ross.

"We must do what is necessary to maintain our turkey flocks and other upland wildlife, which includes conserving essential habitat," said Mars, the incoming president. "Educating our youth and passing on our hunting heritage is essential to the future. We must pass on the tradition to the next generation, or there will be no conservation or wildlife. And finally, we must continually fight to protect our rights as hunters and gun owners. The anti-hunting and anti-gun crowds never rest, and neither can we.

"Are we up to the challenge? Collectively there's nothing that we can't achieve. I am humbled by this opportunity to serve our volunteers, and look forward to being a part of the continued success of the NWTF."

The NWTF is governed by an 18-member board of volunteer directors. Six Board of Directors members are seated each year. Three are elected by a membership vote and three are elected by the Board of Directors. All serve three-year terms.

"Each board member brings experiences and ideas to the table that will help the NWTF move forward with its mission," said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. "I look forward to working with every member to help provide our volunteers, partners and sponsors with quality experiences while staying rooted to our core mission of conserving wildlife habitat and preserving our hunting heritage."

Other board members are: Dr. Robert Dettmer of Missouri, Mike Evans of Oklahoma, Earl "Buddy" Fry of Ohio, Robert Higginbotham of Mississippi, William E.C. Marvin of Florida, Jere Peak of Alabama, Parks Shackelford of Virginia, Harlan Starr of Alabama, and Louis Yount of South Carolina. Richard Morgan of South Carolina is Chief Legal Counsel.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have achieved a great success in restoring wild turkey populations throughout the United States, investing more than $372 million to conserve 17 million essential acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

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