NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Wild Turkey Federation recognized former Fish and Wildlife Service head Greg Sheehan with the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award for a distinguished career dedicated to the preservation of our hunting heritage and wildlife conservation.
“I am so honored and thankful to the NWTF and its board for selecting me for the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award,” Sheehan said. “Hunters have unquestionably been the backbone of wildlife conservation in America for the past 125 years, and we must all help to continue to support that strong heritage. We can do this by working together to seek out and mentor new hunters, find nearby access for hunting opportunities, and help our families, friends and neighbors understand the important role that hunters serve in wildlife conservation.”
Sheehan, of Utah, accepted the award during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
The Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award’s namesake was a former president and chairperson of the NWTF’s national board. During her tenure, she emphasized the importance of our hunting heritage and helped create a new outlook for the organization. Today, the NWTF’s mission to celebrate and preserve North America’s hunting heritage is some of its most important work.
As principal deputy director of the FWS, Sheehan led continuing efforts to expand public access for hunting and fishing across the National Wildlife Refuge System and other lands managed by the FWS. In the first year of the Trump administration alone, the FWS opened more than 100,000 acres of refuge lands to hunting and fishing. In addition, Sheehan served for 25 years in the Utah Division of Wildlife, serving at its director between 2012 and 2018.
Over the course of his career, Sheehan also has occupied a number of leadership roles within different national organizations. His positions include, but are not limited to: chair of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ Threatened & Endangered Policy Committee; board member of the Intermountain West Joint Venture; board member for the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports; executive committee board member for the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies; chair of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Private Lands Access and Conservation Committee; chair of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ Lead and Fish & Wildlife Workgroup; chair of the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ Budget and Finance Committee; and board member for Colorado River Fish and Wildlife Council.
“Greg has long been a friend to the NWTF,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Through his efforts in Utah, his leadership roles within countless national organizations and his track record during his time as the head of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Greg has been unwavering in his commitment to habitat and wildlife 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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