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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Dedicated National Wild Turkey Federation volunteer and stalwart conservationist Jim Farrington of Rio, Wisconsin, received statewide prestige from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as the recipient of the agency’s Southern District Special Recognition Award, given for his outstanding promotion of Wisconsin’s hunting heritage and wildlife habitat.
“Passionate volunteers like Jim are the lifeblood of the NWTF,” NWTF co-CEO Kurt Dyroff said. “We are proud to see him honored by the WDNR for his immense conservation legacy.”
Farrington has been an NWTF volunteer for 28 years and has been president of the NWTF River Valley Chapter for the last 13 years, and his passion for the NWTF mission is evident in his many accomplishments over the years.
Farrington has helped the Wisconsin DNR secure NWTF Super Fund money to match the Wisconsin DNR’s turkey stamp and other grant funding sources. Over the last 15 years, his efforts have equated to $179,000 in total funding, resulting in approximately 3,125 acres of public land conservation that benefits wild turkeys and turkey hunters.
Farrington’s efforts to preserve hunting heritage are equally impressive.
“Jim almost singlehandedly organizes the learn-to-hunt programs run through the chapter and spends time recruiting participants, scouting turkeys and securing permission from landowners for the hunt,” Wisconsin DNR Biologist Sara Kehrli said. “We would like to acknowledge and thank Jim for dedicating countless hours of his free time to benefit both habitat and hunting in Columbia County.”
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.