Williams Receives Conservation Award


EDGEFIELD, SC. – Richard Williams of Arizona has received national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation as recipient of the Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award for his dedication to the NWTF mission.

“2020 was a challenging year for many,” Williams said. “The NWTF is certainly included in that count. What an amazing job of leadership and cooperation across the nation to keep the NWTF solvent and moving forward with our mission. Being presented the Roger M. Latham Award after a year such as 2020 is truly an honor. I share this award with the NWTF volunteers in Arizona, a truly dedicated bunch of folks. I am proud to be an NWTF member.”

Williams received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards presented at the 45th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, held virtually in 2021. 

Williams has been a dedicated member of the NWTF since 1996 and currently serves as NWTF’s Arizona State Chapter president and as a member of the Arizona State Chapter Board of Directors. 

Williams is active in furthering R3 and conservation efforts in Arizona. In addition to his dedication as a long-time NWTF member and role as a state chapter president, Williams is president of the board for the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, a charter member representative for the NWTF, a steering committee member of the Hunting and Angling Heritage Work Group and serves as vice president of Conserve and Protect Arizona.

When he is not working tirelessly for conservation and sportsmen and women, Williams often spends his time facilitating youth hunting opportunities in his community. 

“We are honored to present this award to Richard,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Richard’s incredible dedication helps the NWTF continue its mission, even in the face of adversity.”   
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 – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or 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.

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