NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Robin Clark received national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation as a recipient of the Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award for his decades of service to the organization’s outreach mission.
“I am honored to be the recipient of the distinguished Roger M. Latham award,” Clark said. “I have seen lots of changes within the NWTF in my time with the organization, but the NWTF mission, and mine, have not wavered. One of the goals I set my first year as state coordinator [of the Wheelin’ Sportsmen program] was to provide more and better opportunities for our sportsmen with disabilities, and that goal still holds true after 20 years. We are proud of the program we’ve built in Virginia, hosting over 50 events annually, but this is not an individual award. I could not have done it without the support of our state board, local chapters, landowners, state agencies and a team of dedicated volunteers.”
Clark received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 46th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
Clark began his journey with the NWTF in 2002 as a participant of a Wheelin’ Sportsmen event himself. What began as an engaged member would soon turn into a dedicated volunteer and leader. While many outreach events across Virginia have been bolstered through his efforts, Clark’s innovation and determination are responsible for growing the Wheelin’ Sportsmen program to one of the most vigorous in the country and as a model to be followed.
Clark’s contributions are far-reaching and felt statewide. Whether it’s working with policy makers, getting women and youngsters involved in the outdoors, collaborating with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources or being a compassionate and exemplary NWTF advocate and volunteer, Clark has made a lasting impact on the NWTF’s mission.
“Robin has an extensive resume of compassion and volunteerism,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “The effects of decades of dedication to the NWTF and serving as an integral leader for our outreach events has put him in a class of his own. We are proud to honor him this year.”
The NWTF presents Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards to members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final year of the initiative.