David Carruth Continues Conservation Leadership at National Wildlife Federation

Clarendon attorney re-elected to NWF's Board of Directors

07-02-2012 // Aileo Weinmann
Mississippi River

David Carruth, Clarendon attorney, has been elected to his second term as Central Vice Chairman to the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation.

First elected to the NWF Board in 2003, Carruth has established himself as a national leader in conservation. He was elected to his first term as Central Vice Chairman in 2009 and was re-elected to that position by the Federation’s Affiliate Delegates at the most recent annual meeting in Shepardstown, West Virginia.

“Being elected to a top leadership level in our Nation’s largest and one of its oldest conservation organizations is, indeed, a high honor.” said Carruth. “Knowing that the decisions we make have, not only a national but international impact, is truly humbling. To be entrusted not once but twice with that responsibility by the Delegates is not something I take lightly.”

Carruth holds a BS degree in accounting from Arkansas State University and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Arkansas. His community connections run deep in the small river town of Clarendon. He came to know and love the area’s natural beauty as a boy hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather.

Carruth was a leader in stopping the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed $319 million plan to pump White River water to farmers throughout eastern Arkansas – a wasteful scheme that would have subsidized a pump to sell subsidized water to grow subsidized crops, and thereby leaving wildlife and recreation users high and dry.

For his grassroots leadership in stopping this boondoggle, David was awarded the “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” award in 2000 by Taxpayers for Common Sense.

He has received the NWF affiliate’s President’s Award and Conservationist of the Year Award, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Regional Director Award.

In addition to serving on the National Wildlife Federation Board, Carruth has served on the Arkansas Wildlife Federation Board of Directors and was its President from 2005-2009.

Now he helps a broad coalition of conservationists, farmers, industry, civic groups, hunters and anglers, and government agencies to find common sense solutions for managing his region’s natural resources.

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