EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation congratulates Matthew J. Lohr on his appointment to serve as chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this role, he will provide leadership for NRCS and its mission to support America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in their voluntary conservation efforts.
Lohr was raised on a Century Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and has committed his entire life to the betterment of agriculture. A Century Farm is officially recognized to have been held by a family for at least 100 years. In addition to Lohr’s lifelong connection to agriculture, he served in the Virginia House of delegates from 2006 to 2010 and as Virginia’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2010 to 2013.
“The knowledge and experience (Lohr) brings to the table will help ensure our locally-led, science-based approach continues to offer farmers the conservation solutions needed to enhance their environment and commercial viability,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue upon announcing Lohr’s appointment.
The NWTF has been a proud partner of the NRCS in forest landowner matters for more than 15 years, and recently signed a cooperative agreement with the NRCS to sustain and improve forest ecosystems on as much as 350,000 acres of private land across 24 states over the next five years.
“We value our partnership with the NRCS as an agency with mutual interests in conservation and the sustainable use of land, water and wildlife across the country,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “We look forward to working with Chief Lohr and the NRCS on many future conservation projects.”
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.