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02/15/2014

Wayne MacCallum Earns NWTF Lifetime Achievement Award



Wayne MacCallum
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Wayne MacCallum, director of Massachusetts Division of Wildlife, received the National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to wildlife conservation.

MacCallum accepted his award during the 38th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA was the official show sponsor.

"Winning this award is a reflection not of my work, but of the collective efforts of wildlife professionals I've had the pleasure of working with over the years," MacCallum said. "The hunting community is responsible for conserving wildlife, and we've done a phenomenal job. It's an honor to preserve and pass on conservation and hunting ethics to future generations."

The NWTF determined this year's award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization's new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. MacCallum, an avid angler and hunter, particularly for turkey and white-tailed deer, serves as an outstanding example of conserving wildlife to preserve our nation's hunting heritage.

"Wayne Bailey was known to many as a legend of modern turkey management and was a key player in the development of the NWTF," said Becky Humphries, NWTF executive vice president of conservation. "From his early days as a wildlife biologist to now, Wayne MacCallum has demonstrated his commitment to sustaining wildlife, habitat and hunter numbers. I'm proud to honor his accomplishments with this award."

MacCallum, a resident of Grafton, Mass., is the longest serving director of the Massachusetts Division of Wildlife and is the senior director in the United States. He serves as chair of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, clerk of the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation and a board member of the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp. He is a former president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). He also served on several AFWA committees.

The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million new hunters and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

For more information about the Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award or other convention highlights, contact Melanie Swearingen at mswearingen@nwtf.net or (803) 637-7634.

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