EDGEFIELD, S.C.— NWTF CEO Becky Humphries was recently honored as the 2021 recipient of the Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year Award for her commitment to conservation and America’s sportsmen and women.
“I am extremely honored to be recognized by John L. Morris and the entire Bass Pro team,” Humphries said. “John is a legendary conservation leader who advances conservation across the nation, and he is an exceptional partner to the National Wild Turkey Federation. Joining the Bass Pro staff to celebrate Christmas was a special experience for me, and also my family, and I am humbled to join the ranks of previous awardees.”
Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist Johnny Morris presented the prestigious award to Humphries at Bass Pro Shops’ Basecamp in Springfield, Missouri.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a greater champion of wildlife, wild places and our sporting heritage than Becky Humphries,” Morris said. “Under her leadership, the National Wild Turkey Federation has continued to thrive as one of our nation’s most significant conservation organizations and valued partners. It’s an honor to salute Becky’s outstanding work, leadership and passion for conservation through the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year Award.”
The award recognizes Humphries’ lifetime commitment to conservation and all the great work the NWTF CEO has done on behalf of sportsmen and women across North America. Morris and Bass Pro Shops were proud to recognize and thank Humphries for her dedication, passion and skill.
Humphries’ devotion to conservation and natural resource management is evident in her more than 40 years of experience in wildlife management and conservation. Before coming to the NWTF, she served as the director of operations in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region for Ducks Unlimited and served the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment for 32 years, including seven years as department director.
The NWTF’s National Board of Directors appointed Humphries as CEO in 2017 after she helped guide the NWTF as vice president of conservation and chief conservation and operations officer. Outside of her work with the NWTF, Humphries is a professional member of Boone & Crockett Club, and she holds board of director seats on several national conservation-based organizations, including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Previous recipients of the Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year Award include U.S. presidents, icons of business, legendary entertainers and some of the most visionary and dedicated minds in the conservation industry, including NASCAR legend Richard Childress; Colin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Foundation; President Jimmy Carter; Fred Smith, founder of FedEx; President George H.W. Bush; and others.
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 years of the initiative.