NWTF applauds Skipwith confirmation


EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds the Senate’s bipartisan confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith as the next director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and looks forward to continuing its productive partnership with the USFWS.

Prior to today’s vote, the NWTF, the Congressional Sportsman Foundation and 26 other sporting and conservation organizations urged the Senate’s Environmental and Public Works Committee to swiftly advance Skipwith’s nomination to the floor for further consideration.

“The NWTF and the USFWS are both devoted stewards to our nation’s wildlife and public lands,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We look forward to working with Ms. Skipwith in her new leadership role, as she has been an adept partner in her previous position as deputy assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Department of Interior. We look forward to continued productivity with the USFWS as we Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”

In her previous role with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Skipwith and her team protected wildlife, public lands and waters within the national park and wildlife refuge systems. As a previous research biologist and a lawyer, Skipwith trails an extensive professional background in both public stewardship and corporate enterprise.

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. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve 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 (803) 637-7698 or pmuller@nwtf.net