NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As the only licensed forester in Congress, Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) knows the harsh realities of fighting wildfires and has worked tirelessly to find solutions.
For his work, the National Wild Turkey Federation awarded Congressman Westerman the Government Partner Award during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
"It means the world to me, most sincerely. Thinking back to when I was a kid sitting on the side of a mountain in Arkansas trying to call a tom turkey in, I would never in my wildest dreams have imagined I’d go the NWTF National Convention and get honored with an award," Westerman said. "Personally, it means a tremendous amount; professionally, it’s encouraging to think that the hard work I’ve been trying to do on behalf of conservation in Congress is being recognized by an organization that I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for. I can’t say, “Thank you,” enough and how humbled I am to receive this award."
Westerman, a long-time friend of the NWTF and an avid turkey hunter, is currently serving his second term as representative from the Fourth District in Arkansas, where he serves on several committees. During his terms, Westerman has worked to gain bipartisan support for real solutions to the biggest challenge facing the USDA Forest Service and its ability to protect homes, improve water quality, improve the health of the forest and create quality wildlife habitats.
Westerman introduced the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill providing protection to federal forests and grasslands. He has worked to find a fix for wildfire funding, such as treating fires as disasters, which would allow the Forest Service access to disaster funding.
“Congressman Westerman is a true asset to the NWTF and our country,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “His work to help solve the funding crisis for fighting wildfires is critical for the Forest Service to be able to put more boots on the ground for 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 an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698