NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dale Tribby may have retired from the Bureau of Land Management in 2015, but his lasting impact on wildlife conservation in Montana and South Dakota earned him a lifetime achievement award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
“I am humbled to be considered and selected for the NWTF’s Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award,” Tribby said. “In particular, I thank the many managers who supported these efforts: Dwight Fielder, who for years served as the BLM National Wildlife Program lead; personnel from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks who supported the movement of turkeys within Montana; and finally, the many NWTF employees with the endless passion to move wild turkeys, improve habitat, improve access to public land and recruit future hunters.”
The NWTF announced Tribby’s award during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
The Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement award recognizes a wildlife biologist, trapper or wildlife manager who has devoted his or her career to the wild turkey and played a major role in the turkey’s restoration and management.
Tribby worked hard to ensure wildlife, especially wild turkeys, were part of the BLM’s planning and land management efforts. His relationships with area landowners was instrumental in restocking efforts in Montana, as was his commitment to showing up in the early morning hours for the state’s trapping efforts.
In addition, Tribby worked as an NWTF volunteer, serving for more than 20 years as the BLM’s representative to the NWTF technical committee. His leadership played a big role in the early success of the NWTF in Montana and helped secure the NWTF’s first cooperative agreement with the BLM in the West.
“Dale’s passions for wildlife conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage align him with our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are pleased to present this award to him, as even in his retirement, Dale is continuing to volunteer for the NWTF, recruiting the next generation of hunters and conservationists.”
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. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and 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