Dr. James Earl Kennamer
Chief Conservation Officer, National Wild Turkey Federation, Edgefield,South Carolina
James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., is the Chief Conservation Officer for Conservation and Outreach Programs with the National Wild Turkey Federation.
has headed the Conservation Programs department for 31 years and is responsible for coordinating the NWTF
programs with state and federal agencies, private organizations and companies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
has written many feature articles in Turkey Country magazine
and is one of the longest running magazine columnists in the outdoor industry; he
has also authored over 50 scientific papers, including chapters in four books.
He is a professional member of the Boone & Crockett Club and co-chairs the North American's Hunting Heritage Steering Committee representing the United States.
In 2010, he
was appointed to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Panel by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
In April 2011, he
was recognized by the USDA Forest Service for his
exemplary leadership, as the National Wild Turkey Federation
and four other groups were honored with the Forest Restoration Award at the Centennial Celebration of the Weeks Act of 1911.
received the Henry Hardtner Award from the Southern Group of State Foresters
in recognition of his
outstanding leadership of the conservation programs of the National Wild Turkey Federation
and support of private landowners and their efforts to enhance wildlife habitat, preserve our hunting heritage and provide a natural resource legacy for future generations.
also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society
He has a B.S. Degree in Game Management from Auburn University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University.