NWF Honors Jim Posewitz as 2015 Conservationist of the Year

"He tirelessly advocates on behalf of sportsmen for the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife and wild places."

The National Wildlife Federation is honoring longtime outdoorsman, conservation advocate and hunting ethicist Jim Posewitz as its 2015 Conservationist of the Year. The award is given to conservation leaders who have dedicated a lifetime to critical conservation issues. Posewitz is receiving the award at NWF’s Conservation Achievement Awards Gala.

“Jim Posewitz is a conservation legend in the Northern Rockies. Whether it has been fighting for the reintroduction of bison onto the Great Plains as an advocate, promoting fair chase hunting ethics as an author, facilitating conservation nonprofit health and activities as a foundation funder, or preaching about the historic role of hunters in conservation as an educator, Jim has been the conscience and heart of the conservation and wildlife community for decades,” said Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation.

Posewitz tirelessly advocates on behalf of sportsmen for the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife and wild places. His most recent work has involved direct partnership with National Wildlife Federation, championing the restoration of bison in Montana.

Posewitz served as the executive director of both The Cinnabar Foundation and Orion The Hunter’s Institute. He worked for the State of Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks for more than 30 years. Posewitz has written four books on hunter ethics, including Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting, Inherit the Hunt: A Journey into the Heart of American Hunting, Rife in Hand: How Wild America was Save and Take a Bullet for Conservation.
The National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Awards have been presented annually since 1965. Nominations are received from conservationists and the general public, with winners selected by NWF’s board of directors. Previous honorees have included Jimmy Carter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Gore, Robert Redford, and Stuart Udall.

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